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MDG Technology for IFML

The Interaction Flow Modeling Language (IFML) provides system architects, software engineers, and software developers with tools that support the platform independent description of graphical user interfaces for applications accessed or deployed on such systems as desktop computers, laptop computers, PDAs, mobile phones, and tablets. The language was developed by the Object Management Group; the IFML specification (version 1.0. February 2015) is available from the OMG website.

The MDG Technology for IFML provides access to the OMG's UML Profile for IFML within Enterprise Architect.

IFML in Enterprise Architect

In Enterprise Architect you can model application interaction flows quickly and simply through use of the MDG Technology integrated with the Enterprise Architect installer. The IFML facilities are provided in the form of:

  • Eleven IFML model patterns for Information Entry, Interaction and Wireframe, Searches and Desktop Applications, available through the 'Interaction Flow IFML' page of the 'Model Patterns' tab, in the Model Wizard
  • Two IFML diagram types - IFML diagram and IFML Domain Model diagram - accessed through the 'New Diagram' dialog
  • IFML 'Essential Concepts', 'Core' and 'Extensions' pages in the Diagram Toolbox

You can, if you wish, make the IFML Technology your default by selecting it in the MDG Technologies window and clicking on the Set Active button.

Example Diagram

IFML Toolbox Pages

The objects defined by the IFML Specification can be created in your model using the icons from these pages of the Diagram Toolbox:

                       

Some objects from the IFML Specification are configured by Tagged Values on the main element type. For example, the View Container element can be set as a Default, Landmark or XOR View Container by setting the appropriate Tagged Value on the element to 'True'.

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