This short documentation will present the support for custom representations available to Papyrus users
The goal of the sympbol support in Papyrus is to give users access to some custom representations. They can use their own representation, i.e. their own svg files, in their diagrams, so the model can be easily read and understood. SVG file format was used, as this vectorial format scales easily.
Symbol display place in diagrams
There are 2 manners to display symbols on the diagrams.
Symbol representation in compartments
For all nodes, like Package or Class in a Class diagram, it is possible to display the symbols in a "shape" compartement. This compartment can be displayed/hidden using the context menu on the diagram
To display/hide shape compartment:
- Right click on the node
- Filters =>
- Show Hide/Compartments
- Select "shape". you can also select if you wish to show/hide the title of the shape compartment.
Hint: you can also select the node and press 'Ctrl'+'F5' simultaneously to display the Show/hide Compartment dialog
Symbol representation as a decorator
For all Nodes in diagrams, it is possible to display the available symbols as decorators. The decorators are small representations depicted above the figures. for example, validation errors and warnings are displayed as decorators on Papyrus diagrams.
The Appearance tab of the properties view allows user to toggle the visibility of decorators, and the location of the display on the figure. There are 9 positions on the figure (north/east/south/west and all valid combinations)
Hint: if the properties view is not displayed in your Eclipse environnement, you can display it using context menu on a diagram => show Properties view.
Defining symbols in models
Define new symbols in profiles
Symbol associated to Actor UML element
Symbol associated to Type element
- What is the format supported for the symbols?
- What are the limitations of the SVG support?
- What is the syntax for the path to the symbol?
- (Developers) Can I implement my own policy for Symbol support?