Stereotypes are the main extension mechanism of UML,
providing a way to derive specializations of the standard
Stereotype is a sub-class of
GeneralizableElement in the UML metamodel.
Stereotypes are supplemented by
constraints and tagged
New stereotypes are added from the property tab of almost any model element. Properties of existing stereotypes can be reached by selecting the property tab for any model element with that stereotype and using the navigate button ( ) within the property tab.
The details tabs that are active for stereotypes are as follows.
Standard tab. See Section 13.4, “ Documentation Tab ”.
Here you can set stereotypes of stereotypes, not a very usefull thing to do.
Standard tab. In the UML metamodel,
Stereotype has the following standard tagged
derived (from the
true, meaning the class
is redundant—it can be formally derived from other
false meaning it
This indicates any element with this
stereotype has the
Tagged values for a stereotype are rather different to those for elements in the UML core architecture, in that they apply to all model elements to which the stereotype is applied, not just the stereotype itself.
Navigate up through the package structure of the model.
This creates a new stereotype (see Section 16.6, “ Stereotype ”) within the model (which appears on no diagram), navigating immediately to the properties tab for that stereotype.
New Tag Definition
This creates a new tag definition (see Section 16.7, “ Tag Definition ”) within the model (which appears on no diagram), navigating immediately to the properties tab for that tagdefinition.
This deletes the stereotype from the model.
Text box. The name of the stereotype. There is no
convention for naming stereotypes, beyond starting them
with a lower case letter. Even the standard UML
stereotypes vary between all lower case (e.g.
metamodel), bumpy caps (e.g.
systemModel) and space separated (e.g.
ArgoUML does not enforce any naming convention for stereotypes
Drop down selector. Any stereotype must be derived from one of the metaclasses in the UML metamodel or the model element classes that derive from them. The stereotype will then be available to model elements that derive from that same metaclass or that model element.
Drop down selector with navigation button. Records the namespace for the stereotype. This is the package hierarchy.
Check box, with entries
Abstract is used to
declare that model elements that use this stereotype
cannot be instantiated, but must always be
Leaf indicates that
model elements that use this stereotype can have no
further sub-types, while
indicates it is a top level model element.
Remember that these modifiers apply to the model elements using the stereotype, not just the stereotype.
ArgoUML neither imposes, nor checks that model elements using a stereotype adopt the stereotype's modifiers.
Radio box, with entries
Records the visibility for the stereotype.
Text area. Lists any stereotype that generalizes this stereotype.
Text area. Lists any specialized stereotype (i.e. for which this stereotype is a generalization.
Text area. Lists any tag definitions that are defined for this stereotype.
Text area. Lists all modelelements that are stereotyped by this stereotype.