Plant UML Pleasantness: Change Line Style and Color
PlantUML is a great Java design tool for working on your classes using standard UML. It's an open-source tool that allows for great customization.
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We can change the line style and color when we "draw" the line in our PlantUML definition. We must set the line style and color between square brackets (
). We can choose the following line styles:
dashed. The color is either a color name or a hexadecimal RGB code prefixed with a hash (
In the following example activity diagram we apply different styles and colors to the lines:
@startuml ' Make a dashed line, alternative syntax for ..> (*) -[dashed]-> "Write outline" ' Make line bold and use color name "Write outline" -[bold,#green]-> "Find example" ' Only change the color with hexadecimal RGB code "Find example" -[#ff00ff]-> "Write blog" ' Order of line style and color can be reversed "Write blog" -[#6666ff,dashed]-> "Publish" ' Use dotted line style "Publish" -[dotted]-> (*) @enduml
When we generate the activity diagram we see the different line styles and colors:
Written with PlantUML 8051.
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