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Example: Swimlane

Swimlane Technology with Exclusion of Certain Classes

If you do not want to allow a link technology of a particular class for all link candidates (= objects of other classes), proceed as follows. 
Activate a rule which allows the swimlane technology for any class by using a specific link type. Define a further rule, which does not allow the swimlane technology for a particular class (e.g. person1) with a selected link type.



The diagram in the example below creates an automatic link of the type swimlane technology between the objects Application1 and Position1.


However, no link exists to the object person due to the defined rules. The linked objects do not need to lie on one another or completely overlap: an overlap of approximately 30 percent of the total space can already activate the link.

Swimming Lanes for all Superimposed Objects or only Directly Superimposed Objects

You can use two types of swimming lane technology: 

  • Activate swimlanes (all consecutive) 

When multiple shapes lie on one another, ALL objects are linked, even those with no direct contact. In the following example, the objects A, B and C lie on one another so that object A only touches the object B, B touches A and C, C touches only B.


Activate for the respective classes of these objects the swimlane technology with the extension “(whole Shape Stack)“. 


As a result, all objects are linked from different levels on this diagram: A with B and C, B with A and C, C with A and B. 

  • Activate swimlane only for objects lying directly on one another

When multiple shapes lie on one another, only directly contacting objects are linked.


If swimlane technology is activated for all classes in the example described above (without the additional “whole shape stack”), the objects are linked as follows: A with B, B with A and C, C with B. The objects A and C are not linked.