Activation shorthand for sequence diagrams

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asked Aug 12, 2016 in Wanted features by onovotny (120 points)
It would be very convenient to have a shorthand notation for activation/deactivation with sequence diagrams instead of having to have a seperate line for 'activate' and 'deactivate'

The syntax I've seen with other text sequence diagram tools is to have a +/- on the end of the arrow:


Alice ->+ Bob: Hi (with activation)

Bob -->- Alice: How are you (deactivate)


Is there any chance for this? Thanks!

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answered Aug 20, 2016 by plantuml (265,360 points)


Thanks for the suggestion.

Note that we have a similar feature (see )

alice -> bob ++ : hello
bob -> bob ++ : self call
bob -> bib ++  #005500 : hello
bob -> geoge ** : create
return done
return rc
bob -> geoge !! : delete
return success

Is this what you are looking for ?

commented Feb 1, 2021 by Werner
Hello plantuml,

this is a great feature.

Unfortunately, it doesn`t seem to be possible, to combine deactivation of source and activation of target. (Suggestion "-+" as indicator or please tell me how it is supposed to work if it already does.)

Thanks for the great work.
commented Feb 7, 2021 by plantuml (265,360 points)
commented Feb 8, 2021 by Werner
That was exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks a lot.