Problems with line formatting


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Problems with line formatting

Postby RG9jdW1lbnRlcg » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 01:11:19 GMT

I am trying to change the format of some Relationship connector lines in an 
ERD I've created (Database Model Diagram template). All the connector lines 
are solid, but I want some to be dotted or dashed to show that those 
relationships are contingent on other variables. I've tried the obvious way 
of doing this (right click connector line | Format | Line | change Pattern to 
dotted | Apply), but it will not change the line (it remains solid). Does 
anyone know why? Thanks!

Re: Problems with line formatting

Postby Dan » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 01:30:15 GMT

Right click on the relationship line and select Non-Identifying.


Re: Problems with line formatting

Postby RG9jdW1lbnRlcg » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 02:09:03 GMT

Hi Dan,

That option does not appear when I right click the relationship line. It 
DOES appear in the Database Properties box that displays at the bottom of the 
screen, however. The problem is, all the relationship lines are already 
Non-identifying by default.

Re: Problems with line formatting

Postby Dan » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 03:04:48 GMT

You must be using a different version of Visio. In the EA version I have to
right click the relationship, Format, Style and set the Line Style to None.
Then you can use the Format Line to change the look.



Re: Problems with line formatting

Postby RG9jdW1lbnRlcg » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 04:21:24 GMT

One more question while I've got the attention of an expert: How do I display 
the text of the relationships on the ERD itself, so that it shows not only 
the relationship line, but also the labels for the fields that are related?

Re: Problems with line formatting

Postby RG9jdW1lbnRlcg » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 04:40:24 GMT

I have 2003 Pro. Your most recent instructions work in my version as well, 
but your previous instructions don't. So, that fixes that problem. Thanks! Is 
there a way to add the relationship text labels to each relationship line?

Re: Problems with line formatting

Postby Dan » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 05:10:08 GMT

On the Menu bar - Database, Options, Document - Relationship Tab, Show
physical name.
This will show the relationship name, you can change the name to include the
fields involved in the relationship.
To change the relationship name, click on the relationship, in the database
properties select category Name, Change the physical name. Be sure to use _
instead of a blank space.



Re: Problems with line formatting

Postby SmVyZW15 » Thu, 01 Feb 2007 08:15:00 GMT

So you need to change them all one-by-one?  Since this is reverse engineering 
from a db, the names are already defined.  That's a lot of relationship names 
to manually change, and it'll have to be done in each diagram since I can't 
really change the db's actual fkey names.


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