1. OMG Issue

UML14 — Attributes obsolete in UML 1.3

  • Key: UML14-51
  • Legacy Issue Number: 3999
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: Anonymous
  • Summary:

    the association between StructuralFeature and Classifier should be
    removed. Attributes can not describe more information than
    Associations/AssociationEnds can. Therefore it is obsolete and confuses
    the user of UML, which to choose when modeling.

    On page 3-40 in the UML 1.3 specification it says: "Note that an
    attribute is semantically equivalent to a composition association;
    however, the intent and usage is normally different."

    If the semantics are equivalent, then it is impossible to distinguish
    between them. There is no extra layer of meaning above the semantics
    layer that can distinguish between two things with equal semantics.
    Semantics is meaning. I think this sentence is contradictory. I have not
    been able to find out what the difference in "intent and usage" is. If
    this is defined, it will obviously make the semantics of the two

    To improve the readability of class diagrams when everything is
    associations, I propose that associations should be possible to
    represent as text in the compartment where attributes are written today.

  • Reported: UML 1.3 — Wed, 25 Oct 2000 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — UML 1.4.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    see above

  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:58 GMT