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WebEA's layout

Having logged on to a model in WebEA, depending on how the model has been configured and the resolution of the Browser/Device, WebEA will typically display the model root node/s in either the Browser (on the left), or in the main content area.

Alternatively, if the WebEA model connection has been configured with a default diagram, then the diagram will be displayed.

From this point you can start navigating the model by selecting objects or links, review the organization and contents of the model elements, and read and add to discussions or reviews of particular structures.

Note: WebEA only supports single click when using a PC, or single touch when using a touch-enabled device.

This image shows the WebEA screen after loading the example model, when no default diagram has been configured.

The next image shows the WebEA screen after loading the example model, when a default diagram has been configured.

The WebEA view can be broken into four sections - heading, Navigation bar, content area and Status bar.

Note: In order to support small screen devices, some layout sections move or merge with others to minimize the amount of screen real estate needed. For example, the heading section merges with the Navigation bar when the screen height goes below 400 pixels.

Heading

WebEA application logo

WebEA's heading area displays the application logo in the top left corner, the name of the currently opened model, a search icon and a 'Hamburger' icon. The search and 'Hamburger' icons contain further options that are accessible when selected.

Search

Search icon

The search icon provides access to the search functionality offered by WebEA. The functionality includes a number of standard searches, and the custom search.

Optionally, this button can be hidden using the 'Show Search' configuration option. See the How to configure WebEA models Help topic for details.

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Goto item

Select to display the 'Goto WebEA item' dialog, into which you paste (Ctrl+V) a WebEA item's unique ID that you have copied earlier, using the 'Object Link' option in the 'Hamburger' menu (see the Hamburger table in this topic). Click on the Go button to load the details of the specified object.

Reviews

Select to display a list of all recently modified Review elements.

Note: The number of days that are considered 'recent' is defined as a configuration option for the model.

Reviews in WebEA

Discussions

Select to display a list of all elements to which a Discussion item has been recently added.

Discussions in WebEA

Diagrams

Select to display a list of all recently modified diagrams.

Elements

Select to display a list of all recently modified elements (new Discussion items are not regarded as modifications to the element).

Custom search

Select to display the 'Custom Search' dialog. WebEA provides a facility that enables you to search through the model for a specific item or group of items that have certain characteristics.

Search the Model

Hamburger

Hamburger icon

The 'Hamburger' icon provides access to these options:

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Object Link

Select to display the 'Link to WebEA item' dialog, which shows the current object's unique ID and full URL. You can highlight the ID and press Ctrl+C to copy it, then at a later point use it in the 'Goto WebEA item' dialog to return directly to that page, as described in the Search table.

Alternatively, you can copy the full URL and send it to another user if you want them look at a particular item.

Note: This option is only supported when displaying a specific object (diagram, element or Package). It is not supported for the Watchlist, Matrix, or similar facilities.

Watchlist

Select to display the 'Watchlist summary'. The Watchlist facility in WebEA helps you to quickly identify recent activity in the model.

Optionally, this menu item can be hidden using the 'Show Watchlist' configuration option. See the How to configure WebEA models Help topic for details.

Create and Check Watchlists

Matrix

Select to display the 'Matrix Profiles' page, which helps you to select any matrix profile defined in the model and display the associated Relationship Matrix.

Relationship Matrix

Logout

Choose this option if you want to disconnect from the current model. After the logout process has run, the 'Login' dialog automatically displays.

Navigation Bar

The Navigation bar provides information and buttons that assist in navigating an Enterprise Architect model.

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Home

Click on this button to return focus to the 'home' object for the current model. The home object is either the model's default diagram (if defined in the configuration file) or the model root Package.

Object Path

Click on this button to display the complete path of parent nodes, Views, Packages and elements for the current object, all the way to the model's root node.

You can click on any item in the list (except for the last one, which is the current object) and navigate directly to that object.

Note:

  • When viewing the root node there will be only one entry, which is not selectable
  • Optionally, this button can be hidden using the 'Show Path Button' configuration option
Configure WebEA models - via Web Browser

Refresh

Click on this button to refresh the current view. For example, if you are currently viewing a diagram and a user in Enterprise Architect has made changes to it since you opened it, simply click the Refresh button; WebEA will display the newly updated diagram.

Current object

This is a read-only text field that displays the name and object type (displayed as an image) of the current object.

Properties

Properties icon

This option is only accessible when the screen is less than 800 pixels in width.

When viewing a diagram or the contents of a Package, this button can be used to view the properties of the diagram/Package itself.

When using a screen that is more than 800 pixels wide, you can access the properties of a diagram/Package by displaying the Properties View, using the Properties button in the Status bar (see the Status bar section for details).

Content Area

WebEA's content area adjusts and adapts to display a custom layout for the currently selected item, depending on its type. For example, when a diagram is selected the content area consists entirely of the diagram image, but when a Package is selected the content area displays a view of child objects in that Package.

See the Content Area section later in this guide for more details.

Status bar

The WebEA Status bar is displayed at the very bottom of the page; it provides these options and information.

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Browser

Click this button to hide/show the 'Browser' view on the left side of the main content area.  This area will contain the currently selected object and a list of all of its child objects. Between the object name and the name of the first child object is a Brown up arrow. icon; clicking on this icon refreshes the display to show the next-highest level of the hierarchy.

Note: This option is disabled when the screen is less than 800 pixels in width.

Properties

Click this button to hide/show the 'Properties View' on the right side of the main content area.

When viewing a diagram the Properties View allows you to access properties of an element without navigating away from the diagram.

When viewing an element, the Properties View allows you to have a split view of the element's properties, displaying one feature in the Main View while also showing another in the Properties View (for example, you could add Discussions in the Main View while referring to the element's notes in the Properties View).

Note: By enabling this option, links in the Diagram View are changed to populate the Properties View instead of navigating to the selected object. It is important to realize that selecting objects in the Diagram View while the Properties View is displayed will not affect the navigation history, so you can select as many objects as you need in the current view and see their properties without navigating away from the current diagram.

Note: This option is only accessible when the screen is more than 800 pixels in width.

About

Click on this button to display the 'About WebEA' screen. The 'About...' screen provides information regarding the version of WebEA, Pro Cloud Server, and OSLC, as well as license and model information.

Review element

If you have joined a review, the name of the Review element will display in the Status bar on the left side of the Properties button. Click on the name to display the Review element in WebEA's Main View.

iOS Scrolling

When accessing WebEA via iPad or iPhone, the status bar will display 'iPad Diagram Scrolling: Off' or 'iPhone Diagram Scrolling: Off' respectively. Touch this text to toggle the option on and off.

Typically, images can be scrolled on mobile devices by touching/dragging on the image; however, iOS browsers will not scroll if you are touching a clickable area (such as an element on a diagram). This could make scrolling difficult on diagrams that are densely populated with clickable elements.

  • iPad/iPhone Diagram Scrolling: On - Diagram elements will not be selectable, allowing you to scroll by touching/dragging anywhere on the diagram
  • iPad/iPhone Diagram Scrolling: Off - Diagram elements will be selectable; however, to drag the diagram image you will need to ensure you are not touching a selectable element

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