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Bugs and Issues / Unicode support in EA
« on: September 23, 2009, 12:10:52 pm »
We use EA both against *.eap files and an SQL server repository.

We are having problems with unicode, eg in notes and in names.
For example in some cases we can enter the data, but it is not the same when retrieved
( eg [ch257] comes back as a)

Is it possible this is related to the underlying access DB, or the use of the Jet 3.5.

Note I am using Jet 4.0, but there still appears to be a problem.

Bugs and Issues / Labels on data object hidden
« on: May 10, 2010, 02:09:52 pm »

I found it odd that data objects have a label (the name) that can be selected and moved (unlike the name on most entities, actually this is a nice feature).

You can also hide the labels (see image above).

Once hidden though, how do I get the label back?
Help tells me to go Appearance | Show labels
which would be fine if there was such an option.


Bugs and Issues / White space, new lines, in RTF templates
« on: March 05, 2010, 09:53:17 am »
In my quest to produce professional looking documents OOTB I have been trying to understand how the RTF generator turns a template into a word document.

This issue appears to be that the RTF document generator either inconsistently handles newlines, or does not generate them when it should.

I have a document template with some debugging output, viz (I have added the # symbol to note numbering)

[highlight]package >[/highlight]
# {Pkg.Name}
{Pkg.Notes} [highlight]diagram >[/highlight]
Figure {Diagram.Figure}: {Diagram.Name}
{Diagram.Notes} [highlight]< diagram[/highlight] p [highlight]element >[/highlight]
#.# {Element.Name}
{Element.Notes}[highlight]model document >[/highlight]
[highlight]< model document[/highlight] m [highlight]diagram >[/highlight]
Figure {Diagram.DiagramImg}
{Diagram.Figure}: {Diagram.Name}
[highlight]< diagram[/highlight] d [highlight]child elements >[/highlight]
[highlight]< child elements[/highlight]
[highlight]< element[/highlight] e [highlight]child packages >[/highlight]
[highlight]< child packages[/highlight]
[highlight]< package[/highlight]

debugging output is the letters o m d and e

It seems to me that where one has

[highlight]diagram >[/highlight]
Figure {Diagram.Figure}: {Diagram.Name}
{Diagram.Notes} [highlight]< diagram[/highlight]

and there is no content at all to place between the [highlight]codes [/highlight](in this case "[highlight]diagram>[/highlight]") no white space, or newlines should be inserted in the text.

It also seems to me that where one has

[highlight]element >[/highlight]
#.# {Element.Name}
{Element.Notes}[highlight]model document >[/highlight]
[highlight]< model document[/highlight] [highlight]diagram >[/highlight]
Figure {Diagram.DiagramImg}
{Diagram.Figure}: {Diagram.Name}
[highlight]< diagram[/highlight] [highlight]child elements >[/highlight]
[highlight]< child element[/highlight]s
[highlight]< element[/highlight]

that the new line after the "[highlight]element >[/highlight]"  should always be generated - because a heading will always be generated.

In my testing it seems that this is not the case.
In some cases I have the heading being appended to the previous text, and thus the heading style wrongly applied.

There are other funnies too
When trying to place more than one code on a line (to reduce the number of empty lines that can be generated a space MUST be applied between the codes, viz [highlight]< diagram[/highlight] [highlight]child elements >[/highlight]

Also when working with the template, and inserting new sections existing codes can be overwritten, corrupting the template.
Surely this is just sloppy development and testing.

I have also tried [highlight]model document >[/highlight] [highlight]< model document[/highlight] and don't seem to have consistency between the generation of the first element encountered, and the child elements and child packages.

I would find a clear exposition of the rules relating to the insertion of content into the template, and the way while space and particularly newlines are handled.

Let me be clear about how I would like it to work.

I don't want to see empty lines created (ie multiple new lines with no content).
I want to handle all white space through document styles.
It would of course be better if the RTF editor handled paragraph formatting in a much better way, eg spacing before and after, keep lines together, keep with next, widow/orphan, but these seem to get lost in translation between normal.rtf and EA.

The RTF editor should alter content to the extent that for notes and linked documents the there should be one, and only one newline, no matter if the note or linked document has zero, two, or more newlines terminating it exactly one should be placed in the generated document (leading new lines and embedded new lines should be taken as is).

The generated document

Bugs and Issues / Repeating table headers in RTF documents
« on: November 30, 2009, 07:42:00 am »
We have had an issue for several versions where when using tables in generated documents either
  • the header row was repeated for every data row, or
  • each row had differing width cells
It looks like many tables were being generated instead of one.

We reported this recently, and I am pleased to say that we have been told a fix might be available as soon as 851

Bugs and Issues / Link to element feature
« on: January 11, 2010, 11:29:51 am »
What a neat new feature.
Very useful for data modelling.

But seems to have some teething problems
1) note poor positioning of some open rectangles
2) note incorrect positioning of line end in one example
2) where line has feature enabled for both ends in some cases it is no longer selectable

Bugs and Issues / Foreign Keys
« on: January 11, 2010, 02:19:49 pm »
I'm struggling with foreight keys, while doing a little bit of physical data modelling (somebody has to).

In the above diag I have created an association, selected Foreign Keys from the association context menus, and get the message shown.

Bugs and Issues / Data model - export column attributes
« on: December 23, 2009, 12:14:35 pm »
A question for which I am seeking assistance.

How would I go about extracting and exporting to a spreadsheet (or CSV) a list of all tables, their columns, and attribute details (eg name, type, length, PK, FK, not null, unique, ...) from a package (and all sub packages)?



Bugs and Issues / Data model - show length attribute
« on: December 23, 2009, 12:18:22 pm »
In the attributes dialogue box columns "PK, Name, Type, etc" are shown in the columns table.

How can I also display the length in that table.
I tried RMB but there is no context menu for this table in tha dialogue box.



Bugs and Issues / How to show diagram that is under an element
« on: December 10, 2009, 09:48:36 am »
I have a package, with elements, and to get the order right, a diagram under an element. See this diagram - section 1.2.3 services.

The diagram does not show in the RTF document.
Here are the document template settings I have. Note that the diagram name shows, but not the image,
any suggestions?

Bugs and Issues / Non elements appearing in generated documents
« on: November 17, 2009, 08:39:18 am »
In 849 and 850 we are seeing "non elements" (such as boundaries) appearing in generated RTF documents in some circumstances as child elements.

Has anyone else observed this behaviour?

It appears different from previous versions (ie documents that used to look OK are now different), and looks buggy.

Bugs and Issues / Diagram with elements from locked packages
« on: November 24, 2009, 01:09:42 pm »
I'm creating and updating diagrams which contain elements from other packages.
Using SQL Server we have the User Lock on all objects in the model.

Most formatting works on these elements when they not locked by me, but there are two things that I can't do when the elements are I don't have the elements locked.
These things are display/formatting only, so they should not, I think, require the original element to be unlocked:
  • change Z Order of element
  • Use Rectangle Notation

Thoughts anyone?

Bugs and Issues / Data modelling: removing primary key
« on: November 23, 2009, 02:46:27 pm »
I added a primary key to a table that already had one primary key.

I then realised I didn't want to do that, and tried to remove it
(both by unselecting the PK check box, and by deleting the column).

In both cases I got the following error message.

Sorry this attribute is part of a foreigh key relationship.

The table had an association (connector) with another table, and EA has deduced the relationship.

Without deleting the connector how do I remove (this part of) the primary key.

I'm sure there is an easy answer, but it does not appear obvious.


Bugs and Issues / Hide connector in other diagrams (don't use no dou
« on: November 09, 2009, 07:47:02 am »
I don't know about you, but first thing on a Monday morning (yes we are 12 hours ahead of many of you) this kind of think hurts my brain

"Clear check box to hide connector in diagram"

Perhaps it would be better phrased

[highlight]"Set check box to show connector in other diagram"[/highlight]

[size=9]You know - 'accentuate the positive' - 'don't use no double negatives'[/size]

PS trivial I know, but votes welcome

PPS at the bottom is a button showing "Suppress All". Its not quite clear to me if this is simply a way of untoggling all the check boxes (it doesn't check them) or it has a deeper meaning of 'don't show this connector on any current or future diagram'

Bugs and Issues / Package Linked document -> RTF report
« on: November 16, 2009, 10:30:50 am »
I have a (sub) package which has a linked document.

Try as I might I can't make the linked document appear in an RTF report.

In my RTF template I have turned on every type of Lined Document there is (three!!!) - see image.

Any suggestions gratefully received.


Bugs and Issues / Notes paste does not work as expected.
« on: November 06, 2009, 10:06:13 am »
I copy something from the clipboard into the notes field.

After it looks good,
but next time the field is opened no formatting is preserved (and some html appears). Ahem

Is this just an 850 problem?

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