SDL chart with several end-states

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asked Jan 30, 2018 in Wanted features by gerhardf1 (120 points)

First of all many thanks for this wonderful tool which I use very often!

I already use PlantUML especially for sequence diagrams, but what I really miss is a better support for SDL diagrams.

The new activity syntax is already nice but I miss the possibility to end up in different states.

As a example I would like to a reference to a picture which was already use before:

Is there any chance to have such a possibility?



1 Answer

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answered Oct 21, 2019 by nanitous (140 points)
The availability of the State Machine flow charts from SDL in PlantUML is a sheer delight. It provides an alternative to the state machine style of UML which, most emphatically, do not make it easy to document asynchronous protocols. Whereas the SDL style it certainly does.

The style Gerhard is referring to is extremely useful to provide the reader of the diagram with insight into the various  paths through the state machine.

One other advantage of the SDL style is that you can "factor out" parts which come together in the same (subset of) state(s) without the clutter of all transition lines or flow lines.

The automatic flow line completion of PlantUML currently implemented removes this advantage a bit.

My suggestion:  Now it is possible to specify "stop" to end a flow which automatically finishes the flow from the previous "node" to an UML end state symbol.

 Just add an "empty" stop !

(BTW the PlantUML stop for SDL is an "end state" from UML.  If PlantUML is completely "compliant" with SDL, it should be a "X". However, the end state symbol from UML is fine with me)