Referencing a dictionary entry in another dictionary entry’s title¶
This sections describes a feature that was deactivated on the 3rd of June, 2016 and the automatic migration process of affected data.
In the Signavio Process Manager, it is until the 3rd of June, 2016 possible to reference dictionary entries in another dictionary entry’s title:
It was possible to reference dictionary entries in another dictionary entry’s title
When changing the title of the referenced entry, the system updates the referencing entry automatically.
This feature was released in 2010. Then, the Dictionary was primarily used as a word list.
Over the years, the Signavio Dictionary evolved into a comprehensive business object repository. Now, Dictionary entries can be dropped onto the diagram canvas like modeling elements.
As a well-established best practice, the business objects of the Dictionary should be clearly separated from each other. For example, the task Send reply via CRM system could possibly be saved as a dictionary entry with a reference to the entry CRM system in its title. To create easy-to-read and manageable diagrams, it is, however, preferable to label the task Send reply and to create CRM system as a separate IT System element. While CRM system should be defined as a dictionary entry, it does not make sense to specify the generic term Send reply in the Dictionary.
In accordance with the explanation above, this feature is no longer providing additional value to the Signavio Dictionary and was rarely used.
We deactivated the feature on the 3rd of June, 2016.
As an alternative, you can make use of a custom dictionary attribute of the type dictionary link:
Reference dictionary entries via a custom attribute.
Moreover, existing references are kept and automatically migrated to a newly created custom attribute after six months.