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Select Specification Package

When you start to work with the Specification Manager, you identify the Package in which to build your specification. When you open the facility, the Specification Package defaults to the first top-level Package in your model, as indicated by the 'Package path' in the Navigator toolbar. If this is the Package in which you intend to work, you can go on to configure the display and create or review elements.

You might, however, want to use a different Package that:

  • Already exists in the model and already contains elements of the specified type
  • Already exists in the model but contains no elements of the specified type
  • You will create underneath the current Specification Package, or
  • You will create underneath a different Package elsewhere in the model

You can perform these tasks using the 'native' facilities of the Navigator Toolbar.

Access

Click on a Package in the Browser window, then use one of these options to open the Package in the Specification Manager.

Ribbon

Design > Model > Specify

Context Menu

Right-click on Package | Open Package in | Specification Manager

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl+0

Locate existing Package containing specification elements

Step

Action

See also

1

In the Navigation toolbar, right-click on the name of a Package in the Package path, and select the 'Go to Package' option.

The 'Select a Specification Package' dialog displays. This dialog presents your model hierarchy, filtered to show only those Packages that already contain elements of the type you selected as the Specification element type (which is identified in the 'Element Type' field at the top of the dialog).

Select Specification Type

2

To expand a Package and reveal sub-Packages it contains, click on the expansion arrow next to the Package name, or click on the Expand All button. (If a Package does not contain any sub-Packages, it has no expansion arrow.)

3

Click on the required Package, and click on the OK button.

The Package name displays in the 'breadcrumb trail' in the toolbar, and the elements in the Package are shown in the main body of the Specification Manager window, filtered to the specified type if appropriate.

Specification Manager - Overview

4

Customize the columns and/or add elements to the Package.

Customize Columns Adding Elements

Locate existing Package

It is possible that you want to create your specification in a Package that has been set up for this purpose but does not yet contain any elements (or any elements of the specified type). In this case the Package would not be included in the 'Select a Specification Package' dialog. To select this Package for the Specification Manager:

  • Right-click on the Package name in the Browser window and select 'Open Package in | Specification Manager' from the context menu, or
  • Select the Package in the Browser window, then press Ctrl+0, or
  • Click on the Package name and on the 'Design > Model > Specify' ribbon option

The Package name displays in the view header and Toolbar.

Create new Package

This method creates a new Package underneath the current Specification Package.

Step

Action

See also

1

From the ribbon bar, select 'Specification-Specify > Specification > Package > New'.

The 'New Package' dialog displays.

2

In the 'Name' field, type the name of the new Package.

(Optionally, you can also select a radio button to automatically create a new diagram in the Package.)

Add a Package

3

Click on the OK button.

The new Package becomes the current Specification Package in the Navigator toolbar. The Package is also added to the Browser window, underneath the previous Specification Package.

4

Customize the columns and/or add elements to the Package.

Customize Columns Adding Elements

Create new Package elsewhere in the Model

This method creates a new Package underneath a different Package in the model.

Step

Action

See also

1

From the ribbon bar, select 'Specification-Specify > Specification > Package > New'.

The 'New Package' dialog displays.

2

Click on the Browse button beside the 'Owner' field.

The 'Select Owner' dialog displays.

3

Browse through the model and click on the existing Package under which to create the new Package.

Click on the OK button.

The 'Owner' field in the 'New Package' dialog is updated.

4

In the 'Name' field, type the name of the new Package. Optionally, you can also select a radio button to automatically create a new diagram in the Package.

Add a Package

5

Click on the OK button.

The new Package becomes the current Specification Package, named in the window toolbar. The Package is also added to the Browser window underneath the selected parent Package.

6

Customize the columns and/or add elements to the Package.

Customize Columns Adding Elements

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