Creating links between artifacts or editing a single link requires you to insert one or more artifacts into the Artifact A and Artifact B areas of YT Editor’s Link tab. In case you are editing all links of an artifact, you have to insert an artifact into the Replace artifact by area of YT Editor’s Artifact tab.
You have several different options to achieve this comfortably in various situations. In particular, you can
By the way, clicking on the clear icon clears all YT Editor fields and resets the editor completely.
The Artifact A and Artifact B areas in YT Editor’s Link tab behave differently, depending on whether YT Editor is currently operating in create mode or in edit mode. When you are creating links, both fields may contain an arbitrary number of artifacts. However, when you are editing a single link, by definition that link has a single artifact at each of its two link ends. Thus the Artifact A and Artifact B areas can hold only a single artifact each.
As long as both Artifact A and Artifact B areas are empty, you can insert any artifact into any artifact area.
After you inserted the first artifact into one of the artifact areas, that artifact’s type is displayed in the area’s heading. In create mode, you can add more artifacts to that area, but only artifacts of the same artifact type. In edit mode, you cannot add further artifacts.
If one of the artifact areas has some contents, certain constraints are applied to the opposite artifact area. Adding an artifact to the latter is allowed only if there is a link type between the type of the artifact to be added and the opposite artifact area’s artifact type.
Please note: In create mode, the above assumes that YT has not been configured to create links across different link types. Otherwise certain restrictions are lifted, allowing you to add artifacts of different types to the same artifact area.
You can search for artifacts by their respective type using the Artifact Search dialog. To open that dialog, click on the magnifying glass icon in YT Editor. On the Link tab, it is located right from the "Create link" resp. "Edit link" heading. On the Artifact tab, you can find it right from the Replace artifact by field.
Figure "The Artifact Search dialog" shows how the dialog looks like.
The Artifact Search dialog
Please note: In create mode, you can usually add artifacts via the Add to A or Add to B button only if the respective artifact area is either empty or contains artifacts of the same type already. To remove any unwanted artifact from an artifact area, click on the symbol right from the artifact, see section Removing artifacts from an artifact area.
In order to support the efficient creation of a large number of links, you can have multiple Artifact Search dialogs open simultaneously. To open them, click on the magnifying glass icon multiple times. These dialogs remain open after link creation; close them explicitly by clicking on their Close button, if needed.
Most if not all tools offer the possibility to copy elements of whatever kind to the system-wide clipboard. You can paste the clipboard contents as artifacts to the A or B artifacts area.
[Ctrl+C]key combination, a menu entry like Edit → Copy, or some tool-specific means.
YT checks for duplicate artifacts. It won’t add an artifact to an area twice.
Converting clipboard contents into artifacts requires YT …
Recognition and conversion are performed by YT adapters. Currently the PTC Integrity and the Microsoft Word adapters are supporting pasting from the clipboard. Please refer to the reference documentation to find out how pasting is supported.
If the clipboard contents matches several different artifact types, choose the type of the artifacts to be inserted by selecting it from the drop-down menu that opens when clicking on the black triangle .
Consider, for example, you have two artifact types Requirement and Test specification. Both of them use the Microsoft Word adapter. Now let’s say you select some text in a Word document, copy it to the clipboard, and want to insert it as a Test specification into the B artifact area.
Click on the crosshair icon at the top of an artifact area to add the currently selected artifact. The currently selected artifact is an artifact that you have selected either …
Inserting selected artifacts into an artifact area is similar to pasting artifacts from the clipboard. However, no conversion into an artifact is needed, because YT knows about the artifact already.
If you are editing an existing link, only the first selected artifact will be inserted into the respective artifact area.
Use the „drag and drop” functionality to insert artifacts into the artifact areas, i.e., use the mouse to „drag” an artifact from any place within YAKINDU Traceability, e.g., from YT Explorer or YT Overview, and „drop” it into an artifact area. In create mode, you can drag and drop multiple artifacts simultaneously, in edit mode only a single one.
You can remove an artifact from an artifact area in the following different ways:
Please note: Removing an artifact from an artifact area does not delete the artifact as such. It is just no longer displayed in the respective artifact area. If you wish, you can add it back anytime.