There's a potential workaround for this that I've been experimenting with.  I added a comment to the diagram, and in the Properties panel, entered the Body of the comment. This doesn't appear in the diagram, but can be extracted by ArgoPrint for documentation.  I was looking for some way to distinguish these types of diagram descriptions from ordinary comments, and the only way I found to do this is to create a "Diagram Description" stereotype.  Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to turn off stereotype visualization for model elements.  Which means that my small, discrete little hack, looks big and ugly on the diagram.

Is there some other workaround for this that I'm not aware of?


On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM, Bob Tarling <> wrote:
Hi Laurant/Mark

To be honest I really don't have time to dig into the diagram
interchange stuff for UML2 together with all the other stuff that we
need to complete for UML2 diagram presentation and modelling. That
will have to follow later. There is some doubt as to whether this
format will survive anyway so maybe we save ourselves some effort.

For pgml vs .argo I would say to save in the pgml as this is diagram
level data rather than project level.


On 5 August 2011 19:21, Laurent BRAUD <> wrote:
> Hi,
> Bob you are true, if we do this, we need to do it first with PGML rather than XMI.
> But, if some "standard" tag documentation exists (shortDescription, author, date, ...), use the same and show them to user even if we store not in "standard".
> And When we will start UML DI, even if there is a long time, it will be easier.
> However, I haven't find a such "standard" tag .
> So which one can we add to have usefull tool. Of course, user can uses others.
> What I found:
> a)
> There is a class Diagram and a XSD for diagram
> In "8.5 Properties": Non-standard properties could be added but are not part of any standardization. Properties provide an extension
> mechanism for adding non-standardized elements to the diagram interchange metamodel.
> => If I have well understand, we can add all properties we want. But there aren't standard. Could be a choice.
> b)I try TopCased:
>  <diagrams xmi:id="_2PG_gK1HEeC3fKGlWAkmOg" position="0,0" size="100,100" name="StateMachine" viewport="0,0">
>        <eAnnotations xmi:id="_ssPV4L-BEeCUNbPIxj8eBQ" source="">
>            <details xmi:id="_ssUOYL-BEeCUNbPIxj8eBQ" key="documentation" value="HERE DIAGRAM COMMENT"/>
>        </eAnnotations>
>         <property xmi:id="_2PahgK1HEeC3fKGlWAkmOg" key="pageFormatName" value="A4"/>
>        ...
> => I don't see yet where "eAnnotations" is defined in UML-DI (in XSD).
> Mark, you ask for paragraph (and I agree): If we find something (in norm), it must be an XML element, not an attribute. So what I found isn't enought. I keep your idea in my mind.
> I don't know if what you asked Bob is possible.
> Regards,
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