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Track the Occurrence of Glossary Term in Project

A word can mean different things under different domains. In Visual Paradigm, you can standardize the meaning of the wordings by defining it as a glossary term. However, since a term can be used in various model elements, it's hard to find out a glossary term being used in which model elements. With Visual Paradigm, you are able to look over all model elements which share the same term using analysis diagram. In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify the model elements which using particular glossary term through the use of analysis diagram.

Compatible edition(s): Enterprise, Professional

  • March 01, 2016
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  1. Download Apply university.vpp from this tutorial in advance.
  2. Open the project with Visual Paradigm. You can open a project by select Project > Open from the application toolbar.
  3. Open the only use case diagram and take a look.
    use case diagram
  4. Description have been entered for the three use cases. Let's check. Open the description pane by clicking Show Description on the right hand side of the status bar.
    Show Description
  5. Click on the use case Lodge Application Form. You can read the description in the description pane. Read also the description of the other use cases on the diagram.
    Description of use case
  6. Select the use case Lodge Application Form.
  7. Extract a keyword as glossary term. In this tutorial, highlight tuition fee with the mouse and right click on it to select Add "tuition fee" to Glossary from the pop-up menu.
    Extract term
  8. You should see a message appears on the status bar, telling you that the term tutition fee has been added into the glossary grid. Click on the link of glossary grid to go there. If you have missed that, do not worry. You can open the glossary grid by selecting Modeling > Glossary > Glossary Grid from the application toolbar.
    Open glossary grid
  9. The glossary grid will appear, with the term tuition fee shown in the grid.
    Glossary grid opened
  10. Assume you want to modify the meaning of the term, you may wonder how can you know which models will be affected. In Visual Paradigm, you can find out this by creating analysis diagram on the glossary term. Right click on tuition fee and select Analysis... from the pop-up menu.
    Analyze term
  11. In the pop-up Analysis window, Create new diagram will be selected and new diagram name will be filled by default. Click OK to proceed.
    Analysis window
  12. Analysis Diagram is created as shown below:
    Analysis diagram
    The oval node at the center of analysis diagram indicates the term you have chosen for analyzing, the connectors branching out are the relationships with the analyzing term and the nodes at the opposite end of connectors are the related elements. You can see a tag (e.g. <<Model>>), which indicates the type of that related element and the name of related element is placed under the tag inside the node. By reading the analysis diagram, you can identify the relationship of a model element and discover all model elements which share the same term.
  13. Select a model to open its view in the original diagram. For example, move the mouse pointer over Receive CoE and click its resource icon Open View.
    Open view
    As a result, it jumps to the original diagram.
    View opened


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