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General Board / Relative Links in HTML Reports
« on: January 21, 2003, 05:43:50 am »
As part of our implementation of EA as our Analysis and Design repository, I am using the HTML reporting feature to generate a monthly "Design Update" CD-ROM to provided stakeholders and project management with a snapshot of the project. This has been very well received and our prime contractor is marketing the idea as a "best practice" to other clients.

There are times that I need to use links to other documents (usually PDF files) from within the model.  While this works very well within the model repository - I store the documents in the same directory as the EA database - I need an effective way of setting up relative links to the documents that will work from the HTML reports when they are run from a Web site or CD-ROM.

Is there any existing functionality that I am missing? Or, can this be addressed in a future release?

General Board / Re: Help with RTF Style Templates
« on: October 31, 2002, 04:28:31 am »

That would be very helpful.

Keep up the great work on a fine product.

General Board / Help with RTF Style Templates
« on: October 30, 2002, 12:17:56 pm »
I'm taking my first look at the 3.50 release and generally like what I see. However, there is something I need some help with.

When I generate an RTF report, EA places the object's scope, stereotype, and object type in front of the notes for the object like this

public «textbox» GUIElement:

For some of the documents I publish for my client, this information is not needed and gets in the way.

I've tried poking around in the RTF Style Template to find a way to exclude this information but don't know enough about RTF codes and how the are used by EA.  Can anybody point me in the right direction?


General Board / Re: How to keep track of datamodel changes
« on: September 11, 2002, 08:36:29 am »
I've been following this discussion and guess it time to add my two cents.  I've been tasked with coming up with a report for "What's changed since..." for data tables at the attribute and operation level.  I've approached the boss with the tagged values solution but that has been veto'd since it is a procedural solution.  - With 15 users in the model it too easy for someone to forget to update a tag. - In addition the boss would like to be able to filter what kind of changes have been made. For example report of a table column length has been changed, but not if a typo has been corrected in the notes.  I've looked at the EA data structure in Access and can see that change dates are only stored at the object level.  So for now, without the tagged value option, I'm stuck.

Steve: Any change of addressing this as part of version control in a future release?

Anybody: Has anybody tried / had success with using any third-party software for version control with the EA database?


General Board / Re: Reports on Todo, Project issues and Model Glos
« on: August 06, 2002, 05:01:56 am »
Here's a quick and dirty procedure I came up with on our project to get the Glossary into HTML.  Hope you find it useful.

A similar process can be used for the Project Issues although the output is a table that doesn't lend itself to a table of contents.

Purpose: Format and export the glossary report from Enterprise Architect to a browser-based document with a hyperlinked table of contents.

Tools used:
• Enterprise Architect
• MS Word XP

Step 1: Generate Glossary .RTF report
Tool: Enterprise Architect

• Open the Glossary applet
• Click the “Report” button
• On the “Glossary Report” dialog: 1) enter a filename and location for the report, 2) blank the Heading field, 3) include All sections, 4) Click "OK"

Step 2: Set terms to Heading 3
Tool: MS Word XP

• Open the RTF file created in step one.
• Select Format | Styles and Formatting from the menu
• Select (highlight) the first term in the document - EA formats these as Normal+Bold, New Times Roman, 10pt
• On the Styles and Formatting tool, click the "Select All" button - this should select all the terms
• On the Styles and Formatting tool, click "Heading 3" - this will convert all the terms to Heading 3
• Close the Styles and Formatting tool

Step 3: Create a Table of Contents
Tool: MS Word XP
• Insert a blank line and place the cursor at the top of the document - make sure the line is "normal" format
• Select Insert | Reference | Index and Tables from the menu
• On the Index and Tables applet, select the Table of Contents tab
• Uncheck "Show page numbers", Set "Show levels" to 3
• Click the "OK" button to insert the table of contents at the top of the report.

Step 4: Change document title
Tool: MS Word XP

• Select File | Properties from the menu to open the document properties applet
• Change the "Title" from Class Model to Glossary
• Click the "OK" button

Step 5: Save report as a HTML document
Tool: MS Word XP

• Select File | Save as from the menu
• On the Save As applet, 1) choose a file name and location, 2) Use the "Save as type" drop-down to select "Web Page" 3) click the "Save" button

General Board / Re: Object Labels in HTML Reports
« on: July 24, 2002, 08:52:12 am »
Hi Geoff,

Thanks for getting back so quickly.  In going to get the examples, I found the cause of my problem and a quick fix.  

In the diagrams I had trouble with the objects with the multi-line names were at the bottom of the diagram. When the diagram is saved as an image file, the lower boundry of the lowest object on the diagram determines the bottom of the image.  If the part of the label of the object extends below the object's lower boundry, that part is not included in the image.

My fix is to make sure that the label of bottom-most object on a diagram is completly within the object's boundries.  At worst, I can put an 'invisable' object in the diagram to define the bottom of the diagram image.

General Board / Object Labels in HTML Reports
« on: July 22, 2002, 06:20:23 am »
I just want to say you have been doing a great job with EA.  We've been using it to document analysis and design on this project for about a year now and love it.

Recently I've been using metafile graphics in activity stereotypes to produce HTML based user documentation from the model.  The only problem I'm having is that when I generate the HTML report the object labels in my activity diagrams truncate to 2 lines (some of the labels are 3-4 lines due to the size of the graphic).  Resizing the graphic isn't a solution since it would badly distort the image.  I've also tried changing the font color on the object to white and using a seperate label but this doesn't work with the metafile graphics.

I'd be grateful for any suggestions.  Keep up the good work.

General Board / HTML Reports as Online Help
« on: July 02, 2002, 07:01:51 am »
The HTML reporting output with templates is in the process of changing how I'm developing online user help for our project.  I'm using navigational diagrams in conjuction with modified templates to create 1) Client Design Update Reports for CD-ROM, 2) Online System Documentation, and 3) Online User Documentation - all from our EA development model.  I'm now working with our programmers on integrating HTML reporting from EA as web-based User Help in place of WinHelp or HTMLHelp.  To really make this go, I need help on a couple of things.

1.  I would like an easy way to generate the HTML report without the table of contents frame set. That is, just the default diagram as the 'index.htm' page. (For now, I'm working around this by creating a shortcut to the appropriate page in the generated report.)  That way the application programmers have a set page to link to when calling online help.

2.  This one might be a bit tougher. - Is there a way to predict where ( folder \ sub-folder \ filename.htm ) the html page for a given object in EA will be generated in the HTML report?  If there is, it will allow the programmers and me to generate an EA HTML report as context sensitive online help.

Keep up the great work - this tool just keeps getting better and better!

General Board / Re: Build 487
« on: May 07, 2002, 11:50:26 am »
 :D I agree the HTML reporting functionality is GREAT!

We are integrating it into our project web site to keep our clients informed and plan to use it for delivering system documentation on-line and via CD-ROM.

A couple of things I'd like to see as this developes are:
  • The ability to view package notes without having to go through a diagram.
  • The ability to supress reporting of a package. (like with RTF reports)
  • The ability to set templates for the output similar to the RTF reports.

General Board / Still missing field length/precision in RTF report
« on: December 04, 2001, 07:04:34 am »
 ??? A problem I had reported in version 2.5 was the lack of field length/persision information in RTF reports for tables.  I just started evaluating version 3.0 and find that RTF reports still lack this information!  Is there any way I can get this information to display short of building custom reports directly from the model database? - something I would rather NOT do!

General Board / Read-Only Version for 3.0
« on: December 04, 2001, 09:36:32 am »
 :) When will a read-only version for 3.0 be available?  We are using the read-only for providing monthly updates to Project Management.  I downloaded EALite today but it is still the 2.5 version and won't open a 3.0 model.  I'll need to get this squared away before we can upgrade to 3.0.  Thanks.

General Board / Generating DDL Schema
« on: December 03, 2001, 12:21:36 pm »
 ??? When generating DDL from EA, is there a way to reset the target path to null so the application will prompt for a target the next time I run the generation?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: EA and PowerBuilder
« on: March 12, 2004, 12:06:17 pm »
 ;D I'll be looking forward to seeing it. If you need someone to beta test, let me know.


Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: EA and PowerBuilder
« on: March 12, 2004, 03:52:47 am »
Yes, the standard here is now PowerBuilder 9, but they probably won't finish the upgrade before this current project goes live.  As the tech writer, with a log of legacy code, I'm more interested in reverse engineering for the short term. As someone wanting be be more involved with analysis, modeling and rapid development I'd really like to see the forward engineering in the near future.

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Re: EA and PowerBuilder
« on: March 11, 2004, 11:55:10 am »
Sorry,  :-/  I don't have any experience with PowerDesigner.  We're currently using PowerBuilder 7.2

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