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Common Page

The 'Common' page of the Diagram Toolbox provides the elements and relationships that can be used on any diagram. It is displayed at the bottom of every other set of pages in the Toolbox.

The Common page of the diagram toolbox in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

The Artifacts Toolbox page is also a common page, displayed at the bottom of every Toolbox.

Common Elements



Note element

A Note element is a textual annotation that can be attached to a set of elements of any other type.

Constraint element

A Constraint is a form of Note, identifying a constraint on other elements.

A Text element is a textual annotation that is similar to a Note, however has no boarder or background color.

A Legend element provides a key to the colors and line thicknesses you have used to distinguish between element and/or connector groupings on the diagram.

On a diagram, it is possible to display a customized text box called the Diagram Properties Note, which automatically shows the diagram properties.

A Hyperlink element is a special kind of Text element that, when double-clicked, opens the configured target object such as a document, web page or diagram.

Artifact element

An Artifact is any physical piece of information used or produced by a system.

Requirement element

A Requirement element captures the details of a system requirement.

An Issue element represents an item of concern (that might or might not arise) or a failure to meet a defined requirement in the current system.

A Change element represents a change in the defined requirements for the current system and can be used to request and manage the change process.

Boundary element

A System Boundary element is a non-UML element used to define conceptual boundaries.

Image element

An Image is a System Boundary element that automatically has an Alternate Image defined.

Common Connectors



Dependency connector

Dependency relationships are used to model a wide range of dependent relationships between model elements.

Realization connector

A source object implements or Realizes its destination object.

Trace connector

The Trace relationship is a specialization of an Abstraction, connecting model elements or sets of elements that represent the same concept across models.

Information Flow connector

An Information Flow represents the flow of Information Items (either Information Item elements or classifiers) between two elements in any diagram.

Note link

A Notelink connector connects a Note to one or more other elements of any other type.

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