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Generate Report to an Artifact Element

When working with virtual documents, it is also possible to directly generate a report as a Linked Document associated with a Document Artifact element. Because the generated report is stored directly in the model, rather than in the current user's file system, it is much easier to share the report in a team-based modeling environment. The Linked Document also eliminates the separation of the modeled system and the generated document output, keeping everything integrated and readily accessible.

To generate a report to a Document Artifact's Linked Document, you start with either:

  • A Report Package element with Model Document elements, or
  • An independent Model Document element

The Report Package will contain defined Model Documents and the Model Documents will identify templates and Packages or Model Searches. At this point you can quickly and easily create a Document Artifact element on which to generate the report.

Create a Document Artifact element



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On the Documentation diagram, click on the Report Package element or the independent Model Document element.


Drag and release the Quick Linker arrow to the right of the Report Package or Model Document element, and select the 'Common | Document' menu option to create a (Trace) connector and the Artifact element.

Optionally, you can name the element as well.

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Generate a report to a Document Artifact element



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Right-click on the Document Artifact and select the option 'Create Document to Artifact'.

The 'Generate Documentation' dialog displays.


The text field values are automatically set.

Select any checkboxes required (such as 'View Document on Completion'), and click on the Generate button.

Generate Documentation


When the report generation is complete, the report displays as a Linked Document of the Document Artifact element (if not, click on the View button on the 'Generate Documentation' dialog).

Linked Documents


  • If you have a Report Package with Model Document elements, you can easily create a Document Artifact to test one of the Model Documents individually; in this case, you need to remove the Document Artifact before creating a report from the Report Package again, otherwise the Artifact becomes part of the report instead of being a vehicle for the report