display/change objects in the graphics function

Displaying definitions of individual objects

If you double-click on an object, the definition screen for the object is displayed. The screen is automatically positioned in the foreground. At this point, the graphic is not ready for input. Select Back, Exit or Cancel to return to the graphic.

When you double-click on an object, the definition screen is always called in display mode.

You can display the definitions for the following objects by double-clicking:

Displaying/changing definitions/object components

The function Edit ® Change is active only in the maintain mode of the graphics program. Select an object and choose this function. Just as when you double-click on an object, the definition screen for the object is now displayed. However, this time the definition is called in maintain mode.

Selecting Goto ® Entity type, Relationship, Specializ. category or Data model also takes you into the definition screens for the objects. For entity types you can also call the attributes, Dictionary assignments, comment, example, and aliases. Select the object you require and choose a function. The corresponding screen is displayed automatically in the foreground. At this point, the graphic is not ready for input. You can now make your changes. (If you are still in display mode, you will need to select Display<->Change first.) Once you have saved your changes, you can return to the graphic with Back, Exit or Cancel. Changes relevant to the graphic, such as the entity type short text or data model color are updated when you return to the graphic.

The graphic is only updated if the change is made in the screen called directly from the graphic. Changes made several steps away from the graphic will not cause the graphic to be updated.

Editing several object definitions in sequence

The graphics program allows mass editing of object definitions. This is done by selecting several objects of the same class (entity types, relationships, specialization categories, data models) and choosing the corresponding function under Goto (Entity type ® Definition or alternatively Relationship, Specialization category or Data model). The definition screen for one of the selected objects appears. In this screen, select Goto ® Next <Object>. In this way you can 'scroll through' the definitions of all selected objects and, if required, edit them in maintain mode. Once all selected objects have been processed, selecting Goto ® Next <Object> returns you to the graphic.

Entity type: displaying hypertext

If you select an entity type followed by the menu options Goto ® Entity type ® Hypertext, the hypertext for this entity type is displayed. The hypertext contains the definition of the entity type and links to any other texts for this entity type (such as a comment). From the hypertext you can jump directly to the other texts.

Entity type: Data Browser (data display)

If you select an entity type followed by the menu options Goto ® Entity type ® Data Browser, you can display the data (entities) for the entity type that was taken from the assigned table or view. You branch to the Data Browser screen for the relevant table or view. In this screen you can enter the selection criteria and display the selected data.