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Connector Properties

To access the connector Properties dialog, double-click on a connector in a diagram. You can change several characteristics of connectors from this dialog. Many of these characteristics generate text labels on or around the connector. You can change these labels using the Label context menu.

The connector Properties dialog has the following pages:

  • General (see below)
  • Constraints
  • Binding
  • Source Role
  • Target Role
  • Tagged Values
  • Advanced properties.

The General page enables you to configure the name of the connector, the direction, the line style, the stereotype (optional) and a comment.




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Indicates in the name of the source element for the connector



Indicates in the name of the target element for the connector



(Optional) Indicates a name for the connector; if entered, the name displays on the diagram



(Optional) Indicates an alternative name or alias for the connector



Select the appropriate direction details: from source to destination, destination to source, or bi-directional

Some connectors have arrow heads that depend on this setting; some connectors are logically dependent on this (such as Inheritance)



Select the appropriate connection style; choose from:

  • Direct
  • Auto-Routing
  • Bezier
  • Custom
  • Tree (Vertical, Horizontal, Lateral Vertical or Lateral Horizontal), or
  • Orthogonal (Square Corners or Rounded Corners)



(Optional) Indicate the name of a stereotype for the connector, or click on the drop-down arrow and select one

Alternatively, click on the (  ...  ) button and select the stereotype from the Stereotype Selector dialog

If entered, the stereotype is displayed on the diagram and over-rides the connector type in the RTF documentation

Stereotype Selector

Virtual Inheritance

Indicates that inheritance is virtual; available only for Generalization connectors



Select the appropriate value for the scope (used for inheritance); available only for Generalization connectors where the child Class is C++



(Optional) Specifies any notes on the connector; the notes are displayed in documentation, if required

As for the Notes window, you can format the text using the Notes toolbar at the top of the field

Notes Window

Notes Toolbar


  • Generalize, Realize, Associate and Template Binding connectors also have a Binding page, which enables you to define binding expressions and parameter substitutions for the connector

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