The following sections describe tools that help you locate Interaction elements in a flow and view the relationships between the elements in an Interaction.
Interaction Search Tool
In large and complex Interactions, it can become difficult to find an individual element on the Interaction Map. The Interaction Search tool enables you to locate the elements you need to find by specifying the relevant search criteria. You may search according to text contained in elements and/or properties of elements.
A Text search locates Interaction elements that contain a given text string. By default, the text search returns only elements that contain the search term in the Reference Name (name of the element). However, you may also conduct a search for elements containing the string anywhere in their content.
A Properties search locates Interaction elements that contain specific characteristics, such as help text, user input or default values. You may also search for elements that contain certain date types, such as currency or dates.
To use the Interaction Search Tool:
- From the Edit menu of the Interaction Designer, click Find.
The Interaction Search popup opens.
- Specify your search criteria. (Text strings are case sensitive.) Then, click Search.
The Search Results popup opens. Interaction elements that match the search criteria are highlighted in yellow in the Interaction Map. For example:
Element Explorer Pane
The Element Explorer pane lists all the Interaction elements that are used in an Interaction. For easy reference, the list is displayed in alphabetical order.
Note: To view the Element Explorer pane, the correct setting needs to be selected in the Designer tab of the Settings dialog.
When you expand the Element Explorer tree and right-click on an Interaction element, a pop-up appears, featuring options that help you manage the element and understand its position within the Interaction.
|Edit||Opens the Definitions dialog for the selected element.|
|Show Dependencies||Displays (in the Element Dependencies portlet) a list of all other Interaction elements that are dependent on the selected element. For detail, refer to Viewing Dependencies.|
|Show me||Highlights the selected element in the Interaction Map, so the element can be easily located.|
In very large and complex Interactions, the entire Interaction is not contained inside the viewable portion of the work area. It is therefore sometimes difficult to easily see which elements precede and follow a given Interaction element.
The Element Dependencies portlet, which is displayed beneath the Element Explorer pane, displays the following nodes:
- Used by these elements: Lists all elements that use the selected element.
- Uses these elements: Lists all elements used by the selected element.
- Calls these elements: Lists the elements that follow the selected element.
- Called by this element: Lists the element that precedes the selected element.
The Element Dependencies portlet is accessed by right-clicking the relevant Interaction element (either in the Interaction Map or in the Element Explorer pane), and selecting Show Dependencies. The following example illustrates the dependencies of Question 1.