The YT Explorer view can be used to navigate over traces and artifacts in a tree view. It also provides access to several traceability functions, like filtering and reporting over its menu. Expanding the tree shows the artifacts related to the traces. The tree is pruned in order to avoid cycles. A double-click on an artifact shows that artifact in its origin editor. By default, YT Explorer displays only linked artifacts, but it can be configured to also display unlinked ones.
In the YT Explorer tree, you can select one or more artifacts. Selecting multiple artifacts is useful to populate the YT Editor or YT Favorites views quickly, or to delete multiple links at the same time.
If an element in the YT Explorer tree has a lot of children, the latter are grouped into chunks with separate nodes that can be opened and closed individually. By default, „a lot of children” means „thousand or more”. You can configure that number in the preferences under Customization, i.e., select Window → Preferences in the main menu, then open YAKINDU Traceability → Customization.
Please note: For performances reasons, the Select All action (
[Ctrl]+A) will not select the entire tree if the number of expanded elements is too high. The exact behavior of this action is undetermined in this case. The only guarantee is that this action will select all items currently visible (on screen), plus a few more. The same goes for multi-selection via
[Ctrl]+click, which might not select the entire range of elements if there are too many elements.
The menu provides access to several grouping modes.
By default, the YT Explorer shows only linked artifacts (i.e., artifacts with at least one incoming or outgoing link), regardless of the chosen grouping. By activating the toggle „Show Unlinked Artifacts” in the menu (or by pressing the corresponding tool bar icon), you can display also unlinked artifacts (i.e., artifacts without any incoming or outgoing link). Note that this can incur a significant performance penalty when there are many unlinked artifacts. Unlinked artifacts are marked with the same symbol that is used for the „Show Unlinked” toggle. For the grouping mode „Link type”, no unlinked artifacts are shown independent of the toggle state.
The YT Explorer provides two means to filter the content:
Textual filters can be defined in the text field at the top of the YT Explorer. If a textual filter is set, the Explorer shows only artifacts (and the belonging links) with a name that conforms to that filter. Note that you need to hit enter in order to confirm your filter. Entering a blank (empty) text or a click on the rubber icon clears the filter.
The Regexp checkbox controls whether the entered text works as a plain text filter or as a regular expression:
Configurable filters provide a lot of possible filter criteria. These criteria can be easily combined by
or. Such filters can be saved and shared.
In order to manage filters, open the Filter Editor, which is accessed by clicking Configure Filter in the YT Explorer menu.
Here filters can be created , deleted , imported from files , and exported to files .
A configurable filter evaluates attributes of a particular artifact (similar to Textual Filters) and/or of the artifact type and the link type as they are defined in the YT-Configuration. Such filters may be combined of criteria as follows:
If the filter SR2AD from the above example is applied to YT Explorer, the explorer will only show links from artifacts of type System Requirement to artifacts of type Architectural Design.
Note that you have to re-apply a filter if you changed the filter configuration.
The YT Explorer can be put into synchronize selection mode. If the mode is activated, the YT Explorer will listen for selection events and if a artifact is selected that has trace links, only the related artifacts will be displayed. This mode can be activated by clicking in the toolbar or by selecting Synchronize Selections in the menu.
The YT Overview view displays a live impact analysis graph by showing artifacts that are related to the current context. A double-click on an artifact node in the graph opens the artifact in its corresponding editor.
The zooming can be adjusted by the icons Zoom in, Zoom out, Zoom to fit, Zoom to original size, and Auto Zoom to fit in the toolbar of YT Overview.
Using the menu, you can invoke a couple of operations: