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XML Specifications

The XML Specifications page of the Options dialog enables you to configure various settings for working with XML.



Use to


Set the default editor for any XML documents you open within Enterprise Architect.

Format XMI Output

Set whether or not formatting is applied to your XMI output.

Write Log

Set whether or not to write to a log file when you import or export XML.


Set whether or not to use a Data Type Definition.

Export Diagrams

Set whether or not to export diagrams when you export XML.

Export Alternate Images

Set whether or not to export the alternative images used in the model when you export to XML.


If this option is set, and you have packages in your model under version control, then any alternative images used in those packages are also exported to the version control repository when you check in the packages.

In this case, you would only select the checkbox if the alternative images are subject to frequent change. Otherwise, do not select this option and instead use Export/Import Reference Data to manage alternative images.

Default XMI Version

Set the XMI version to use: Enterprise Architect or Rose.

Code Page

Set the Code Page to use; setting a NULL encoding string results in the encoding tag being entirely omitted from the XML output. Click on the Default button to restore the setting to the default Code Page.

Export Diagram Images

Set whether or not to export diagrams as images when you export XML.

Image Type

Define the format of the image to export to if Export Diagram Images is selected.

Prefix EA Tagged Values in XMI 1.0 with ea$

Set whether or not to prefix any Enterprise Architect Tagged Values within any XMI 1.0 you create, with ea$.

Update Last Save Time in Controlled Packages

Set whether to update the timestamp of the last time controlled packages were saved.

Default XML Directory

Define the default XML directory to use when importing and exporting XML.