Sequence Diagram Editor Tour  
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This section provides a brief tour to get you acquainted with the Sequence Diagram Editor user interface.  
 
1) Adding Header Elements  
The figure below shows the Diagram View for the initial blank diagram. The Input Form is used to add new elements (and edit existing elements).  
Note: the Evaluation Version Notices in generated diagrams will not appear once the application has been registered.  
 
 
 
The red Insertion Position serves to indicate where the next element will be added in the diagram (like a caret in a text editor). You can move the Insertion Position using the mouse, the Insertion Position commands in the Edit Menu or their associated shortcut keys (see Moving the Insertion Position for more details).  
 
 
 
To add header elements to the diagram, simply select the type of element from the Type combo box, enter the Name of the element and click the Add button (or press <Enter> key). You can get help information on any of the elements and their Input Form fields by pressing the F1 key while the Input Form has the focus.  
 
TIP: You can use alternate keyboard shortcuts (see Working with the Input Form) to perform edit operations (cut/copy/paste/undo) on input form controls (e.g., paste text into a text box) since by default the standard Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V shortcuts are reserved for diagram edit operations in the Diagram View.  
 
TIP: Pressing the Esc key will clear the contents of the input form and give the focus to the Type combo box. You can then select the next type of element using the dropdown (or by pressing the first few letters of the desired type of element).  
 
 
 
2) Adding Body Elements  
 
To add body elements, the insertion position must be moved into the body area of the diagram. You can do so with the mouse or the keyboard (press Ctrl+Alt+End to move the insertion position to the end of the header area and Ctrl+Alt+End again to move to the end of the body area).  
 
Once the insertion position is in the body area of the diagram, all the body elements appear in the Type combo box and can be used to add body elements to the diagram (see below for an example of adding a Message element).  
 
TIP: You can also use the Add Body Element commands to speed up the process of adding new body elements. You can access these commands from the Diagram Menu or the Sequence Diagram Toolbar. The Insertion Position must be in the body area for these commands to be available.  
 
 
 
TIP: Element Documentation Notes are a simple way to attach a description to a body element. They are associated with the element and will move with it. Just type the note in the Doc field and check the Show Doc box. You can also hide these notes by unchecking the Show Doc box or through the Diagram Properties.  
 
As you add more elements, the header remains in full view while the rest of the diagram scrolls (you can disable this feature if you prefer). Conditional blocks allow you to easily show if/then/else logic while diagram links are good ways to represent detailed or redundant information (you can link the User Login diagram link block to another diagram to show the details).  
 
 
 
TIP: You can add a Title/Description to the diagram through the Diagram Properties dialog.  
TIP: You can show/hide the guidelines (dotted lines) and line numbers through the Diagram Properties dialog.  
 
This concludes the basic tour of user interface actions for adding elements to the diagram and moving the insertion position.  
 
See Also  
·Application Workspace  
·Diagram View  
·Recent Systems Window  
·Sequence Diagram Elements  
·Main Menu  
·Toolbars  
·Diagram Explorer  
·Classifiers  
·Workspace Tasks  
·Diagram Tasks  
·System File Tasks  
·Exporting Diagrams  
·Printing Diagrams  
·Keyboard Shortcuts  
·User Settings  
·Customizing the Application  
 

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