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An association is used to associate information and artifacts with flow objects. Text and graphical non-flow objects can be associated with the flow objects and flow. An association is also used to show the activities used to compensate for an activity.


A data association used with data objects to show that a data object is either an input to or an output from an activity. A data association uses the same notation as a directed association.



The default template in QPR Modeling Client does not have a corresponding element to association.



Creating and Modifying Associations

Tool Palette of the BPMN template contains a tool for creating associations association or association2 with the flow type specified. When you have selected the tool in the Tool Palette, create a new association by clicking first the starting point and then the ending point for the flow.


You can edit the properties of associations (such as the attributes listed in the tables below) by right-clicking on the element in the diagram view and selecting Set Flow Properties... For further information on this dialog, see topic "Flow Dialog" in QPR Modeling Client - User's Guide. Using the pop-up context menu, you can also change directly some of the association properties, such as the flow type or the direction.



Association Attributes

The attributes of association are described in the following table.


Attribute / Attribute group




Association Attributes




Defines whether or not the association shows any directionality with an arrowhead. The possible values are:

None (the default): no arrowhead shown

To: the arrowhead is shown at the target object

Both: the arrowhead is shown at both ends of the association line

Note that in QPR Modeling Client BPMN template there are separate element types for Association and Directional association (Direction One) flows.