Define and Style Stereotypes in Profiles
Author a profile by defining stereotypes, stereotype styling, and properties in the Profile Editor tool. You can later apply stereotypes from your profile to architectural elements to extend your system modeling language.
In this topic, you will learn how to:
Create a profile and define stereotypes with properties.
Define default stereotypes in a profile to be added to any new element in a model with that applied profile.
Use stereotype-based styling that enhances the appearance of the model based upon specific features each element represents.
For more information about profiles terminology, see Extend System Composer Language Elements Using Profiles.
Create Profile and Add Stereotypes
Create a profile to define a set of component, port, and connection types to be used in an architecture model. For example, a profile for an electromechanical system, such as a robot, could consist of these types.
Analog signal connection
Define a profile using the Profile Editor by navigating to Modeling > Profile Editor. Click New Profile. Select the new profile to start editing.
Before you move, copy, or rename a profile to a different directory, you must close the
profile in the Profile
Editor or by using the
function. If you rename a profile, follow the example for the
Name the profile and provide a description. Add stereotypes by clicking New Stereotype. You can delete stereotypes and profiles by clicking the button in their respective menus.
Save the profile. The file name is the same as the profile name.
For more information on optimizing profile design, see Best Practices for Profile Design.
Add Properties with Stereotypes
Select a stereotype in a profile to define it:
Name — The name of the stereotype, for example,
Applies to — The model element type to which the stereotype applies. This option can be:
<all>to apply stereotype to all element types.
Allocation. For more information, see Create and Manage Allocations Interactively.
Function, which is only available for software architectures. For more information, see Apply Stereotypes to Functions of Software Architectures.
Requirement, to be used with a Requirements Toolbox™ license. For more information, see Customize Requirements and Links by Using Stereotypes (Requirements Toolbox).
Link, to be used with a Requirements Toolbox license.
Icon — Icon to be shown on the model element with color, if applicable.
Connector Style — Line style of the connector to be shown on the model with color, if applicable.
Base stereotype — Other stereotype on which this stereotype is based. This option can be empty.
Abstract stereotype — A stereotype that is not intended to be applied directly to a model element. You can use abstract stereotypes only as the base stereotype for other stereotypes.
Add properties to a stereotype using the button. Define these fields for each property:
Property name — Valid variable name
Type — Numeric, string, or enumeration data type
Name — Name of the enumerated type, if applicable
Unit — Value units as a string
Default — Default value
Use the property toolstrip to add , delete , reorder properties up , and reorder properties down .
You can create a stereotype that applies to all model element types by setting the Applies to field to <all>. With these stereotypes, you can add properties to elements regardless of whether they are components, ports, connectors, interfaces, functions, requirements, or links.
Define Default Stereotypes
Each profile can have a set of default stereotypes. Use default stereotypes when each
new element of a certain type must assume the same stereotype. System Composer™ applies a default stereotype to the root architecture when you import the
profile. To set this default in the Profile
Editor for the Stereotype applied to root on import field,
This default stereotype is for the top-level architecture. If a model imports multiple profiles, the default component stereotype for all profiles apply to the architecture.
Each component stereotype can also have defaults for the components, ports, and
connectors added to its architecture. For example, if you want all new connectors in a
project component to be analog connections, for the
stereotype, set Connector stereotype to
When you import the profile
ProjectProfile into a model:
ProjectComponentstereotype is automatically applied to the root architecture.
ElectricalComponentstereotype is automatically applied to all new components in the architecture model.
SignalPortstereotype is automatically applied to all new ports.
AnalogConnectionstereotype is automatically applied to all new connections.
Use Stereotype-Based Styling
Profiles and stereotypes are used to apply custom metadata on the architecture model elements. Element styling is an additional visual cue that indicates applied stereotypes.
You can use provided icons for the component stereotypes or use you own custom icon
images. Custom icons support
.svg image files of size 16-by-16 pixels. The custom icons are
displayed as badges on the components for which the stereotypes are applied.
You can associate a color with component stereotypes. Element styling is an additional visual cue that indicates applied stereotypes.
Use a preconfigured set of color options for component stereotypes to style the architecture component headers. See Apply Stereotypes to Extend Model Elements to learn how to use stereotypes in your model.
Similarly, you can style architecture connectors using the stereotype settings. You can style connectors by using connector, port, or port interface stereotypes. Customize styling provides various color and line style choices. Connector styles are also reflected in architecture and spotlight views.
Connector styling is sourced from the highest-priority stereotype that defines style information. Connector stereotypes have the highest priority, followed by port stereotypes and then interface stereotypes. When two connectors with different styling merge, if the styling is incompatible, the resulting connector is displayed in black.