SEAS Hierarchical Viewer/Editor: Multi-dimensional Template

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Hierarchical Viewer/Editor: Multi-dimensional Template

TIP: Click on the buttons and symbols in the images to view the corresponding glossary entries.

Here the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor depicts a multi-dimensional template (i.e., CSA-IRAQ). The symbols that appears in the upper right corner depict aspects of the associated situation descriptor (here the flag depicts the associated region and the crate a trade related event). The Unpublished Template symbol (below the situation descriptor symbols) indicates that this template is not published. The absence of a "READ ONLY" symbol indicates that you can modify this template and the Collaboration Warning symbol indicates that one or more coauthors are simultaneously accessing this template (see Publishing).


The three buttons that appear at the far left in the toolbar invoke the Hierarchical Viewer (i.e., this viewer), the Summary Viewer, and the Table Viewer. The button that appears immediately below these invokes the Parameters Editor (see below). The Argument (i.e., "A") button, that appears near the middle of the toolbar, switches this viewer/editor to the argument based upon this template, from which one originally navigated to this template; this button will not appear if you navigated to this template in another way. The button to its immediate right, with a film spool on it, invokes the Comparison Tool. The buttons centered on the toolbar are used to print this display or to close it. The buttons at the right end of the toolbar bring up the Memo Viewer/Editor, the Publication Information Viewer/Editor, the Situation Description Viewer/Editor, the SEAS Object Manager, and this Help system, respectively, moving from left to right. If the memo button has several dark lines across its yellow field, this indicates that there are memos attached to this argument that are not currently being displayed in this window (more on this below).

Auxiliary Toolbar

Immediately below the buttons on the left is a small rightward pointing triangle with "Auxiliary Toolbar" adjacent to it. When clicked, this reveals an auxiliary toolbar like the one below. A similar triangle, pointing downward, reconceals this toolbar when clicked.

The first three buttons at the left in this toolbar perform the same operations as those in the SEAS Object Manager, only on the argument that is the focus of this viewer/editor. The export button brings up the following dialog. Pushing the save button, after having selected the type of file the export is to be Saved As, performs the export (see Exporting and Importing for details on the different types of exports); pushing cancel before save exits the dialog without performing an export.

Pushing the critique button will bring up the following dialog where you select the specific Checks and sets the associated Criteria that the Template Critic is to apply to this template, and specifies whether or not to Discard Previous Critic Memos. Upon pushing the ok button, the Critic will perform the specified checks, posting a memo of type critique wherever the criteria is not met; pushing the print button will print this dialog; pushing the cancel button before the ok button will exit this dialog without performing a critique of this argument; the Help button invokes this Help system.

If this template has not been versioned before, then pushing the version button will bring up the first dialog below, otherwise the second dialog below will be brought up. In this first dialog, you are asked to select the New Collection Type to be used to record versions of this template (see Using Collections for an explanation of the differences among these types). Push the new button, after having selected a type, to create a new collection containing both this template and a copy. Future modifications to this template will not impact the copy. Push the cancel button to exit this dialog without creating anything new.

If this template has been versioned before, then pushing the version button will result in a dialog similar to the following. Pushing the Inspect button adjacent to a collection in the Collections to Use will cause the contents of that collection, being used to record versions of this template, to be displayed. After having specified the collection to use if more than one is present, the Previous Item Name (if present), whether or not the item should be published, and whether or not the Collection to Use should be placed your home collection, pushing the new button will add a copy of the template as a new item to the collection and, if so indicated, publish that copy and add that collection your home collection (if not already there). Pushing the cancel button before the new button will exit without creating a copy of this template. See Using Collections for a detailed explanation of versioning and sequencing collections.

[High SEAS Only: Clicking on the button at the right will bring up the Information window (see below) that provides additional information about this template. In particular, it displays the collections that are supported by this template (i.e., collections for which this template is an item) and multi-dimensional arguments based upon this template. Clicking on an Inspect button adjacent to a supported object will open that object. The close button dismisses the Information window and the Help button, on the far right, invokes this Help system. ]


If visible memos are attached to this template or its underlying template, viewable by you, they will appear immediately below the toolbar, either in the form of a short synopsis (as shown below) or in its full form. Positioning the cursor over the subject of a memo will cause its contents to be displayed in a pop-up; clicking on the subject will open that memo in the Memo Viewer/Editor. For more about managing memos, see Memo.

Starburst and Constellation Graphical Depictions

A Starburst, immediately below the toolbar, depicts this multi-dimensional template. In this graphic, this template's component arguments are organized in a pattern that resembles spokes on a wheel. Each "spoke" corresponds to one component. When arguments are constructed based upon this template, its answers will be displayed as "stop lights" at the ends of the spokes and plotted as points along the spokes with the "hub" of the wheel typically corresponding to the green end of the linear scale and the "rim" typically to the red; the points plotted on neighboring spokes will be connected by lines and the resulting polygon will be filled. The result is a plot that visually conveys the argument, with the severity of the situation being proportional to the area of the plot. When you click on the text that labels the component arguments, the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor displays the corresponding uni-dimensional template.

A Constellation is another way of graphically depicting a multi-dimensional template. Using the same radial layout as for the Starburst, it depicts the trees of lights corresponding to each component template within the corresponding wedge, placing the root node/light nearest the origin and growing out from there. Larger nodes/lights are used nearer the origin. Although this can result in a cluttered display, it has the advantage of depicting every question/answer of a multi-dimensional template within a single compact display. This is further enhanced by pop-ups, which appear when the cursor is positioned over any node/light, which display the corresponding question topic and question text.

Pushing the Viewer Parameters button, brings up the following dialog. The Colors parameters fpr Answers consist of the lights selected for inclusion; if no lights are selected, then no Constellation will be depicted. The Types parametersfor Memos causes yellow rectangles to appear in the navigation map. If they do, it indicates that the adjacent node/question has a memo displayed of one of the selected types. The All and None options are shortcuts for selecting and deselecting all of the elements for the associated parameter. The Content parameter causes either the Full memos to be included or a shorter and more compact Synopsis to be included within displays that include the objects to which the memos are attached.

Component Templates

The Component Templates are listed immediately below the starburst. Each listing includes the name of the Component Template and the label that is used to reference it in the starburst. Unless you are limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), the display will include the Template Stapler and Edit and Trash buttons. Pushing the Trash button, adjacent to a component listing, removes that component from this multi-dimensional template. Clicking on the Template Stapler or pushing the Edit button brings up the Component Editor (see below), and allows you to add an existing uni-dimensional template as a new Component Template or substitute a different existing template for the Component Template associated with that button. The Discovery button is used to find one. When arguments are constructed based upon this template, its answers will be plotted as points along the spokes with the "hub" of the wheel corresponding to the green end of the linear scale and the "rim" to the red, unless the Inverted Scale option is selected. Upon pushing the ok button, if that template exists, then it is added or substituted for the original component in the multi-dimensional template. The cancel button dismisses the Component Editor and the Help button, on the far right, invokes this Help system.

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