As you develop the elements in the Specification Package, you can produce a number of documents and reports to either disseminate the information you have compiled or to extract additional information on the elements from other aspects of model development and management, that might not be immediately visible in the Specification Manager.
You can also export the data you have created to a .csv file and perhaps onwards to another tool, or import element information created outside Enterprise Architect.
Select the element in the Specification Manager, and the 'Specification - Specify > Element > Documentation' option, then the required submenu option:
Generate documentation in report document format
Enterprise Architect provides a comprehensive report generation facility, through which you can create a range of reports on different aspects of your model. You can apply this facility to the elements of a Specification Package, to generate a report in any of these formats:
Select the 'Generate Documentation (DOCX/PDF/RTF)' option.
The 'Generate Documentation' dialog displays, with the 'Element' field set to 'Selected Elements' as the target contents of the report, and the 'Template' field set to 'Specification Manager List'. The output file extension determines the output format of the document.
|Document Reports Generate Documentation
Generate documentation in web page format (HTML)
Select the 'Publish as HTML' option.
The 'Publish as HTML' dialog displays, with the Specification Package name in the 'Package' and 'Title' fields.
|HTML Reports Create an HTML Report
Generate documentation as a Joomla! Article
An Enterprise Architect Package can be published as an Article (HTML page) in a local Joomla! installation, using the 'Publish as Joomla! Article' dialog. All child Packages of the selected Package will be automatically included for publishing.
Select the 'Publish as Joomla! Article' option.
The 'Publish as Joomla! Article dialog displays, with the Specification Package name in the 'Package' field.
|Publish as Joomla! Article
Generate spreadsheet file (CSV) and import from a spreadsheet
In Enterprise Architect you can import data from a spreadsheet into a Package and export element data from a Package into a .csv file.
You can perform both of these operations within the Specification Manager, to bring in an existing set of element definitions to the Specification Package or transfer the Enterprise Architect element definitions to a different location.
Select the 'CSV Import/Export' option.
As part of either operation, you need to create a CSV Specification file.
Whilst your display might be filtered to show a specific type of element, the operations work on the Package itself and incorporate all types of element within the Package.
After you perform an import, refresh the display (press ) to show the imported elements.
|CSV Import and Export
Generate Quality Assurance reports and Metrics
Enterprise Architect provides several Quality Assurance reports for checking the development and impact of development of the elements in a Package. You can access these within the Specification Manager, so that the Specification Package is automatically the target of the report.
You can also view and adjust the metrics report should you want to monitor the impact on the project metrics of the work that the elements in the specification might entail.
|Testing Details Report Implementation Details Report Dependency Details Report Maintenance Report Use Case Estimation Estimating Project Size
Spell-check the Package
Before generating and/or printing any information from the Specification Manager, you could run the system Spell Checker over the Specification Package to remove any errors that might exist in the element names and text.
Select the 'Spell Check Current Package' option to display the 'Spell Check: <Package Name>' dialog, and click on the .
|Using the Spell Checker
- In the Corporate and extended editions of Enterprise Architect, a User Security system can be applied that restricts or enables access to a range of operations and functions; if you cannot access a function in the Specification Manager, check with your System Administrator or Security Administrator to see if you have access permissions to work with that function