1. OMG Issue

UML14 — Appendix A of the superstructure spec

  • Key: UML14-517
  • Legacy Issue Number: 7125
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: International Business Machines ( Eran Gery [X] (Inactive))
  • Summary:

    Appendix A of the superstructure spec specify the usage of frames
    in diagrams. The text says:
    "Each diagram has a frame, a contents area, and a heading, see Figure 460."

    This statement implies that frames are normative. The text later says
    that "In cases where not needed, the frame may be omitted and implied by the border of the diagram area provided by a tool."

    This entire explanation distorts the common intent and practice of UML
    diagramming. Text should present the frames as an optional presentation
    option in the first place. Also, in all cases mentioned (ports, entry points)
    it is possible to notate the context using class boxes or states, so in none of these cases frames are "needed". It is a mere presentation option that might be

    used as an alternative to using prime container symbols.

  • Reported: XMI 2.0 — Tue, 9 Mar 2004 05:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — UML 1.4.2
  • Disposition Summary:

    see above

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