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Show Attributes Of Linked Artifacts


This extension shows the attributes and links of the artifact that is currently selected.


This widget serves the purpose of displaying attributes and links associated with the currently selected artifact within DNG. Its primary function is to enhance the user experience by providing quick access to information that might not be readily available in the standard DNG interface.


Use Cases and Features

Based on the functionalities and use cases that this extension is helping you with, we kept the user interface as simple as possible. In the current version of the widget you can find: 

  • Widget information section - section with version, short description and other informationss about the extension
  • Widget settings - in this section, the user can choose the artifacts that he wants the widget to display
  • Attributes of the linked artifact – all selected attributes of the linked artifact will be displayed in this section
  • Attributes of the selected artifact – all selected attributes of the selected artifact will be displayed in this section.
Extension UI = attributes of linked artifact, widget information widget settings, attributes of selected artifact

1.) SAOLA short description

This widget aims to address several common challenges faced by DOORS Next Generation users when interacting with artifacts and their associated information. Firstly, it solves the problem of efficiently displaying attributes of the selected artifact. Secondly, it addresses the issue of accessing linked artifacts. DNG users often need to navigate through complex linkages between artifacts to access related information. Lastly, this extension provides flexibility and customization options. Users can tailor the widget to meet their specific needs.


The Show Attributes of Linked Artifacts widget has the following features:

  • Attributes Display - The widget allows users to view attributes of the currently selected artifact. Users can choose to display specific attributes, including those not typically visible in the module view, enabling tailored presentations of artifact information.
  • Linked Artifact Preview - When a module artifact is selected, the extension retrieves and presents the rich text content of linked artifacts in a mini-dashboard format. Users can quickly access linked content without navigating to each individual artifact, saving time and effort.
  • Customizable Link Types - Users can specify which link types they want to see in the mini-dashboard, providing flexibility in managing and displaying linked artifacts. This feature ensures that users only see the links that are relevant to their current task or project.
  • Attribute Selection - The widget allows users to choose which attributes of linked artifacts are displayed, including the primary text. This customization empowers users to focus on the specific information they need, improving information retrieval and analysis.
Attributes and rich text of the artifact are shown

2.) SAOLA user interface

Softacus has developed the SAOLA (Show Attributes of Linked Artifacts) widget to address common challenges faced by DOORS Next Generation (DNG) users. This widget solves the problem of accessing linked artifacts by retrieving and presenting rich text content from linked artifacts in a mini-dashboard format, saving users time and effort.


Preconditions and Restrictions

This script is designed to work exclusively within the module. If the user does not meet these prerequisites, the widget displays an informative message.


Softacus Services

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IBM ELM extensions developed by Softacus are free of charge for the customers who ordered IBM ELM licenses via Softacus or for the customers who ordered any of our services. If you are interested in any of our IBM ELM extensions, you found a bug or you have any enhancement request, please let us know at info@softacus.com.

Related and Referenced Topics

Blog Articles:

Basics of Links and Link Types in IBM DOORS Next Generation - learn the basics about the linking and link types in IBM DOORS Next.

Linking Techniques in IBM DOORS Next - article explaining basic concepts and showing multiple ways of creation of links between artifacts. 

Link By Attribute Feature in IBM DOORS Next -  the article explains how to use the "Link by attribute" function to automatically create, update, or delete one or more links between artifacts based on values in the attributes of the artifact. 

Softacus Widgets:

Link Switcher -  widget developed by Softacus, that converts the context of artifacts links in a very short time. 

Module Link Statistics -  extension that provides users with a quick overview of the amount of the links in specific link types in a module.

Link Type Change-  extension developed by Softacus designed to enhance the functionality of DOORS Next Generation by allowing users to manipulate the direction of a link or convert it to another type of link. 

Links Builder- extension that allows the users to create a link between two artifacts in DOORS Next Generation according to the certain rules. 

Link by Foreign Attribute -  this extension allows users to create links between artifacts in the selected module(s), based on the attributes values. 

Show Attributes of Linked Artifacts -  this extension shows the attributes and links of the artifact that is currently selected. 


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