Import a Scenario File
Scenarios are often created as text descriptions in document files. These might be simple paragraph descriptions or more complex constructions with numbered and bulleted lists. As a valuable time-saving facility, you can use the text of these files as the source for new structured scenario specifications within the model. You might write a draft description in a text file and then import it into the model as a template for the structured scenario.
To create a scenario in this way, firstly access the Scenarios View as described in the Scenarios View Help topic (for instance, Start > Desktop > Design > Scenario Editor). Then:
- In the 'Scenario' field, type a name for the new scenario.
- Switch to the text or document file, and select and copy the required text. (The text is stored on the clipboard.)
- Switch back to the Scenarios View, right-click in the center panel (below the first row of fields) and select the 'Create Structure From Clipboard Text' option. This displays two sub-options:
- 'New Line Delimited', which creates a new step after each carriage return in the captured text
- 'Sentence Delimited', which creates a new step after each sentence in the text; that is, after
each full stop/space combination
- Select the appropriate option for your requirements. The Scenarios View organizes the copied text into a series of numbered steps, alternating between non-system actor and system actor roles.
- Edit and add to the scenario as suggested by the Set Up Scenario Specification Help topic, and using the facilities described in the Scenarios View subtopics.
- If the Scenarios View already contains scenario steps when you import text from a file, those steps are overwritten, not merged or appended
- By default, the steps begin with a user step (indicated by an 'Actor' icon) and alternate between user and system (indicated by a 'Screen' icon) steps; however, the responsible entity assigned to a new step might be different if the new line or sentence contains a keyword - 'User' or 'Actor' for a user step, or 'System' for a system step - within the first 15 characters of text
- Once a step has been saved, you can change the responsible entity by either double-clicking on the icon or right-clicking on the step, and selecting 'Set Step as 'System'' or 'Set Step as 'User'' as required