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General Board / Re: parallelism in sequence diagrams?
« on: August 19, 2004, 11:43:13 pm »
In UML1.x paralel messages were not allowed or at least could not be modelled well. In UML 2.0 you should use a fragment with the keyword "par". Look at the OMG UML specs or use Zicom Mentor for more details.

General Board / Re: Which views to divy-up the artifacts?
« on: January 14, 2005, 01:15:17 am »
Jim, you're not losing any features while using other roots and views. I personally use something like:

|- System level interface req. & design
|- SysA
|   |- Requirements
|   |- System design (architecture)
|   |- Component interface req & design
|   |- Component A.1
|   |   |- Software requirements
|   |   |- Software design
|   |- Component A.2
|   |   |- Software requirements
|   |   |- Software design
|- SysB...

This resembles the software system documentation standard J-Std-016 (Mil-Std-498) standard of IEEE. A lot more details and UML artifacts can be brought into the structure.

The structure allows me to create MS Word  documentation (via RTF) that meets the documentation standard. I have no problems using and tweaking EA to fit my needs, without using the default root and views!

General Board / Re: 5.0 RTF Template Editor - Does not print gridl
« on: June 01, 2005, 12:50:04 am »
As far as I can see, this is the way MS Word prints tables: gridlines are never printed! If you create a table in MS Word, it default to a black border 1 point thich. You can do that with EA's RTF editor too. You might want to try a border 1 point thick and e.g. with a gray color to have your gridlines (more properly called border now) show up.

General Board / Re: RTF, MS-Word and templates
« on: June 01, 2005, 12:43:59 am »

1) Changing the style used for a particular section: select particular text to change and select another existing style from dropdown box in toolbar;

2) Create a new style to be used:
a) Same as 3, but in step 3b select create new style, enter name (all other steps are the same);

3) This is a bit unconventional:
a) Select Edit style... from the Edit menu;
b) Select style to edit and press OK;
c) Open Edit menu to see that the Edit style... menuoption is now selected (meaning that your selected style is under change);
d) Make style changes using the menus (don't do anything with the actual document that is displayed);
e) Open Edit menu and select Edit style... again to end style editing;

General Board / Re: RTF, MS-Word and templates
« on: June 01, 2005, 12:22:38 am »
It's just the same as with the previous RTF generator, Sparx has made a choice for a couple of default styles that they use (and the RTF also needs to include the style definitions for these styles). This results in the fact that MS Word will report the message you indicate when the already defined style definition in MS Word differs from the style definition in the RTF.

So what to do?
1) You could answer the message of MS Word by telling to keep the style definitions of the master document (which will override the RTF styles);
2) You could tweak the RTF style definition templates used by EA;
3) You could tweak the master document (MS Word) style definitions to match the EA RTF styles;

Step 1 is the most easy and recommended. If you like other styles (another name, not another definition for the same style) to be used, then you'll have to fall back on step 2.

Currently working at home and have to install v5 of EA to explain step 2 (and have to close Internet Explorer for that). I'll try to find out the steps needed to take step 2.

General Board / Re: Sequence Diagram Fragments
« on: March 14, 2005, 09:18:12 am »
Branching is usefull for conditional messages (you'll get two messages starting from the same point, add conditional statements to both). Is also possible with UML2.0 fragments. Branching might be a shorter (cleaner) presentation for simple conditional messages.

With respect to fragment handling, what are your issues? If you could indicate your problems, Sparx might be able to solve them.

General Board / Re: Documentation
« on: March 23, 2005, 12:43:02 am »
Figures in a master document are not updated, only figures in a subdocument. Be carefull, MS Word tries to change the extension from RTF to DOC when you save the masterdocument with the subdocuments visible (asks something like change format, need to answer no!). After that change, your subdocuments point to the DOC and not to the RTF generated by EA.

Updating figure numbers: open masterdocument and make subdocuments visible (shortcut Ctrl-\), then Select all (Ctrl-A) and Update fields (F9).

General Board / Re: Documentation
« on: March 22, 2005, 01:15:36 am »
Insert file works only once! You need to use the Master / subdocument document feature from MS Word. Search help of MS Word for details. You see options when turning on the Master view (see View menu). See:;action=display;num=1109136230;start=1#1


General Board / Re: Modifying RTF templates for document generatio
« on: March 28, 2005, 11:21:11 pm »
If you use the default template, you don't have to do anything. The numbers are generated as RTF fields with an initial value of '1', but these actually result in ascending numbers when the fields are updated (in MS Word: Ctrl-A, F9).

General Board / Re: Folder not package?
« on: March 23, 2005, 11:09:53 pm »
Just wondering, if you want to organise your model, why don't you want your code to be organised in packages? That is a rather normal procedure to me and it makes the match between model and code much easier.

General Board / Re: Getting rid of 'anonymous' text
« on: March 17, 2005, 03:24:03 am »
As far as I remember, repair only resets a flag in an MS Access DB. This is usefull in the case the Access DB becomes inaccessable (says it's locked) after some sort of crash, nothing else.

Sorry, don't have a solution for hidden notes, maybe only by searching the EAP file (= MS Access DB) itself using MS Access.

General Board / Re: Tables in RTF Format
« on: March 14, 2005, 01:01:57 am »
I don't think there's an easy solution to what you want. The notes section does allow RTF tags (see option somewhere, sorry don't have EA at hand), and you might be able to create tables there. HTML tags are escaped there, so that doesn't do the trick.

The request for some markup language in the notes section has already been mentioned (see Suggestions and Request forum, search...), maybe you could add your vote :-).

Many times that I tried to add a table, it was also possible to do it (mis-)using attributes of classes or using the runtime state of these attributes in objects.

General Board / Re: external message on seq.diag
« on: March 11, 2005, 01:24:26 am »
You can use a Diagram gate or a State/Continuation (see interaction toolbox). It's also possible to use a fragment, but I'm not sure anymore how to use it properly (surround all or a part of the sequence diagram with the fragment, give it the name of e.g. a method and so it shows the insides of that method).

General Board / Re: Looking for UML Designers
« on: March 02, 2005, 11:14:52 pm »
I know many in The Netherlands, have contacts for at least one (3500 employees). Not sure if it's practical, I see you are located in Atlanta, rather far away from my place  ;). Click on my profile for more contact details.

General Board / Re: How to use RTF linking/bookmarks
« on: February 23, 2005, 06:54:02 am »
Open your Word master template in Outline view (see View menu), then select Import Subdocument from the Outlining toolbar.

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