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In the Group dialog, you can define the behavior, the default symbol properties, and the custom attribute types of the current model's groups. This dialog can be opened from the Modeling Options dialog by selecting "Group" and clicking the "View" button.

 

Behavior

The Behavior tab shows the custom hierarchies in the model.

 

Element hierarchies

The element hierarchies can be used, for example, to model the structure of the process. The "Custom hierarchies" list shows all the custom hierarchies in the model. The list is used to define element hierarchy behavior for the group. The list contains four parts:

Checkbox: selecting a checkbox will make the group type a part of the hierarchy in question.
Hierarchy: this column lists the names of the element hierarchies in the model.
Part of branch: the drop down boxes in this column define if the group can be a part of a single branch (i.e. the group can have only one parent element) or multiple branches (i.e. the group can have multiple parent elements).
Node type: defining the node type as a "leaf node" prevents the groups of this type from having child elements, whereas defining the node type as "any node" allows the groups of this type to have child elements.

 

To create a new element hierarchy, click the New button. To view and modify the properties of an existing hierarchy, click the View button. Click Delete to delete the selected hierarchy. Clicking the Set as Default button will set the selected hierarchy as the default hierarchy for the group. If a hierarchy has been set as a default hierarchy, that hierarchy is shown in the selection dialogs for the group. If a default hierarchy has not been set, the groups are shown as a list in the selection dialogs. Clicking the Clear Default button will clear the default setting.

 

Symbol

For a group symbol the following graphical properties can be set:

Show or hide the Name, Description, or any custom attribute types available for the element
Properties of the text box for any of the attributes shown

bullet2  Symbol size (width and height in pixels)

bullet2  Color of the edge

 

The symbol displayed can be changed by clicking the Shape button and selecting a shape from the drop-down menu. Model elements for which graphical properties have not been set are shown using the default graphical properties from the symbol. Setting the graphical properties of specific groups in the Flow Chart overrides the default Symbol properties that are set in this dialog. You can add new custom attributes to the listing in the Show section (and therefore making the custom attribute visible in the elements) by clicking the New... button to the right of the list as well as remove any added custom attributes with the Delete button. The New... button is not available unless there are custom attribute types defined for groups in the Custom Attribute Types tab.

 

 

Custom Attribute Types

Custom attribute types can also be defined for Groups. On the Custom Attribute Types page of this dialog, you can add custom attribute types by clicking the "Add" button and remove custom attribute types with the "Remove" button. You can also edit the custom attribute types. To change the order of the custom attribute types, use the upward and downward arrow buttons on the right side of the dialog. You can edit the name of the custom attribute type by typing it into the Name column. The cardinality can also be changed by clicking on the cardinality value and then selecting a new value from the drop-down list (either 1 or N). If you select 1, only one value can be defined for that attribute. If you select N, several values can be defined.

 

 

dlg_symbol_group

Group Symbol dialog

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