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Status Types

The status of an element can define a point in a workflow or a milestone point in project management processes, such as business analysis or product development. You can select the appropriate value from a drop-down list, which initially contains the system values:

  • Approved
  • Implemented
  • Mandatory
  • Proposed and
  • Validated

You can add to or replace any of these values with your own custom values. You can also assign a color band to each status type, and define the types of element that can display those colors.



Layout > Diagram > Appearance > Configure Status Colors, or

Settings > Reference Data > Model Types > General Types > Status

Customize Element Status Types



See also


Type the name of the status.


Type a short description of the status.

Status Type Color

Using the drop-down arrow, select a color to be applied to the current status type.


Displays a visual representation of an element with the selected status type color.

Restore Default

Restore the status type color to its default setting.

Applies to...

By default, status colors only apply to Requirement, Issue and Change elements. You might decide to also apply these colors to other UML elements, such as Use Cases or Classes.

To do this, click on the Applies to ... button and, in the 'Applied Status Colors' list, select the checkbox against each element type to which to apply the status colors.

Requirements Issues Changes


Clear the dialog fields to create a new status.


Save the status, and add it to the Type list.


Remove the currently selected status from the Type list.


Lists the current status types and descriptions for each status.


  • To display status colors on your diagrams, you must select the 'Show status colors on diagrams' checkbox on the 'Objects' page of the 'Preferences' dialog
  • You can transport the status types (and the colors assigned to status types) between models, using the 'Settings > Model > Transfer > Export Reference Data' and 'Import Reference Data' ribbon options
  • Requirement, Feature, Issue and Change elements have a status color compartment, whereas the status color for other elements is applied to the element shadow; to show the element shadows (and hence the status colors), select the 'Element Shadows on' checkbox on the 'Diagram Appearance' page of the 'Preferences' dialog

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