A submachine state is a syntactical convenience that
facilitates reuse and modularity. It is a shorthand that
implies a macro-like expansion by another state machine and is
semantically equivalent to a composite state. The state machine
that is inserted is called the referenced state machine while
the state machine that contains the submachine state is called
the containing state machine. The same state machine may be
referenced more than once in the context of a single containing
state machine. In effect, a submachine state represents a
call to a state machine
subroutine with one or more entry
and exit points. The entry and exit points are specified by
stub states. SubmachineState is a child of State.
The submachine state is depicted as a normal state with
the additional include
declaration above (and separated by a
line from) its internal transitions compartment. The expression
include reserved word is the
name of the invoked submachine.
ArgoUML currently only supports a horizontal division of
a concurrent composite state in regions.
The description of the details panels of a concurrent
region is almost identical to that of a composite state (see
Section 20.4, “
” and so is not
duplicated here. The only difference is one additional
Drop-down selector. Allows selecting the submachine
included within this composite state.