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The Construction Diagram

A Construction diagram is a graphical version of the 'Details' tab of the Inspector window. It shows the assigned characteristics and features of the selected element, where these features have been created. Each type of feature is shown in a separate element compartment.

To access a Construction diagram for an element, either:

  • In a diagram, right-click on the element | New Child Diagram | Construction Diagram, or
  • In the 'Project' or 'Context' tab of the Browser window, right-click on the element | Add | Construction Diagram

The Construction diagram for the element displays; note the 'C' in the bottom right corner of the element, indicating that it is the Construction rendition of the element. The diagram properties are set to show a range of element compartments by default; click on the diagram and, in the Properties window, on the 'Compartments' tab. The selected compartments are:

  • Tags
  • Requirements
  • Constraints
  • Testing
  • Maintenance
  • Discussions
  • Reviews
  • Resources
  • Projects for Decisions, Events, Issues and Tasks
  • Notes
  • Package Contents
Showing an element as it appears on its own Construction Diagram in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

The compartments do not show until you assign the features to the element.