The layout templates functionality, which is driven by <<layoutTemplate>> stereotype, assists you in creating well-formed diagrams. It allows you to define Class appearance once, and reuse it later when creating Parts typed by that Class and Ports in different diagrams. Parts and their Ports are represented identically as part's type Class whose layout and style is defined in the layout template diagram. Often, Port position reflects its physical location in the system, so it is beneficial to maintain the same appearance of Parts, layout, and style of Ports throughout the whole model. In the figure below, the appearance of the Modem Card Block is the same in two different diagrams, SysML Block Defiition diagram and SysML Internal Block diagram.
Usage of a layout template. The illustration displays concepts from SysML Plugin.
To create a layout template and use it in other diagrams, follow these steps:
Define the appearance of Class, layout, and style of its Ports in the Class diagram.
Set that Class diagram as the layout template.
Apply the layout template to other diagrams.
Only one Class shape with its Ports can be defined in one layout template diagram.
Read the following pages to learn how to manage layout templates: