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Salt (Wireframe)

Salt is a subproject included in PlantUML that may help you to design graphical interface or Website Wireframe or Page Schematic or Screen Blueprint.

The goal of this tool is to discuss about simple and sample windows.

You can use either @startsalt keyword, or @startuml followed by a line with salt keyword.
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Basic widgets

A window must start and end with brackets. You can then define:

  • Button using [ and ].
  • Radio button using ( and ).
  • Checkbox using [ and ].
  • User text area using ".
  • Droplist using ^.

@startsalt
{
  Just plain text
  [This is my button]
  ()  Unchecked radio
  (X) Checked radio
  []  Unchecked box
  [X] Checked box
  "Enter text here   "
  ^This is a droplist^
}
@endsalt

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Using grid [|]

A table is automatically created when you use an opening bracket {. And you have to use | to separate columns.

For example:

@startsalt
{
  Login    | "MyName   "
  Password | "****     "
  [Cancel] | [  OK   ]
}
@endsalt

Just after the opening bracket, you can use a character to define if you want to draw lines or columns of the grid :

Symbol Result
# To display all vertical and horizontal lines
! To display all vertical lines
- To display all horizontal lines
+ To display external lines

@startsalt
{+
  Login    | "MyName   "
  Password | "****     "
  [Cancel] | [  OK   ]
}
@endsalt

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Group box [^]

@startsalt
{^"My group box"
  Login    | "MyName   "
  Password | "****     "
  [Cancel] | [  OK   ]
}
@endsalt

[Ref. QA-5840]
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Using separator [.., ==, ~~, --]

You can use several horizontal lines as separator.

@startsalt
{
  Text1
  ..
  "Some field"
  ==
  Note on usage
  ~~
  Another text
  --
  [Ok]
}
@endsalt

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Tree widget [T]

To have a Tree, you have to start with {T and to use + to denote hierarchy.

@startsalt
{
{T
 + World
 ++ America
 +++ Canada
 +++ USA
 ++++ New York
 ++++ Boston
 +++ Mexico
 ++ Europe
 +++ Italy
 +++ Germany
 ++++ Berlin
 ++ Africa
}
}
@endsalt

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Tree table [T]

You can combine trees with tables.

@startsalt
{
{T
+Region        | Population    | Age
+ World        | 7.13 billion  | 30
++ America     | 964 million   | 30
+++ Canada     | 35 million    | 30
+++ USA        | 319 million   | 30
++++ NYC       | 8 million     | 30
++++ Boston    | 617 thousand  | 30
+++ Mexico     | 117 million   | 30
++ Europe      | 601 million   | 30
+++ Italy      | 61 million    | 30
+++ Germany    | 82 million    | 30
++++ Berlin    | 3 million     | 30
++ Africa      | 1 billion     | 30
}
}
@endsalt

And add lines.

@startsalt
{
..
== with T!
{T!
+Region        | Population    | Age
+ World        | 7.13 billion  | 30
++ America     | 964 million   | 30
}
..
== with T-
{T-
+Region        | Population    | Age
+ World        | 7.13 billion  | 30
++ America     | 964 million   | 30
}
..
== with T+
{T+
+Region        | Population    | Age
+ World        | 7.13 billion  | 30
++ America     | 964 million   | 30
}
..
== with T#
{T#
+Region        | Population    | Age
+ World        | 7.13 billion  | 30
++ America     | 964 million   | 30
}
..
}
@endsalt

[Ref. QA-1265]
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Enclosing brackets [{, }]

You can define subelements by opening a new opening bracket.

@startsalt
{
Name         | "                 "
Modifiers:   | { (X) public | () default | () private | () protected
                [] abstract | [] final   | [] static }
Superclass:  | { "java.lang.Object " | [Browse...] }
}
@endsalt

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Adding tabs [/]

You can add tabs using {/ notation. Note that you can use HTML code to have bold text.

@startsalt
{+
{/ <b>General | Fullscreen | Behavior | Saving }
{
{ Open image in: | ^Smart Mode^ }
[X] Smooth images when zoomed
[X] Confirm image deletion
[ ] Show hidden images
}
[Close]
}
@endsalt

Tab could also be vertically oriented:

@startsalt
{+
{/ <b>General
Fullscreen
Behavior
Saving } |
{
{ Open image in: | ^Smart Mode^ }
[X] Smooth images when zoomed
[X] Confirm image deletion
[ ] Show hidden images
[Close]
}
}
@endsalt

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Using menu [*]

You can add a menu by using {* notation.

@startsalt
{+
{* File | Edit | Source | Refactor }
{/ General | Fullscreen | Behavior | Saving }
{
{ Open image in: | ^Smart Mode^ }
[X] Smooth images when zoomed
[X] Confirm image deletion
[ ] Show hidden images
}
[Close]
}
@endsalt

It is also possible to open a menu:

@startsalt
{+
{* File | Edit | Source | Refactor
 Refactor | New | Open File | - | Close | Close All }
{/ General | Fullscreen | Behavior | Saving }
{
{ Open image in: | ^Smart Mode^ }
[X] Smooth images when zoomed
[X] Confirm image deletion
[ ] Show hidden images
}
[Close]
}
@endsalt

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Advanced table

You can use two special notations for table :
  • * to indicate that a cell with span with left
  • . to denotate an empty cell

@startsalt
{#
. | Column 2 | Column 3
Row header 1 | value 1 | value 2
Row header 2 | A long cell | *
}
@endsalt

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Scroll Bars [S, SI, S-]

You can use {S notation for scroll bar like in following examples:

  • {S: for horizontal and vertical scrollbars

@startsalt
{S
Message
.
.
.
.
}
@endsalt

  • {SI : for vertical scrollbar only

@startsalt
{SI
Message
.
.
.
.
}
@endsalt

  • {S- : for horizontal scrollbar only

@startsalt
{S-
Message
.
.
.
.
}
@endsalt

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Colors

It is possible to change text color of widget.

@startsalt
{
  <color:Blue>Just plain text
  [This is my default button]
  [<color:green>This is my green button]
  [<color:#9a9a9a>This is my disabled button]
  []  <color:red>Unchecked box
  [X] <color:green>Checked box
  "Enter text here   "
  ^This is a droplist^
  ^<color:#9a9a9a>This is a disabled droplist^
  ^<color:red>This is a red droplist^
}
@endsalt

[Ref. QA-12177]
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Pseudo sprite [<<, >>]

Using << and >> you can define a pseudo-sprite or sprite-like drawing and reusing it latter.

@startsalt
 {
 [X] checkbox|[] checkbox
 () radio | (X) radio
 This is a text|[This is my button]|This is another text
 "A field"|"Another long Field"|[A button]
 <<folder
 ............
 .XXXXX......
 .X...X......
 .XXXXXXXXXX.
 .X........X.
 .X........X.
 .X........X.
 .X........X.
 .XXXXXXXXXX.
 ............
 >>|<color:blue>other folder|<<folder>>
^Droplist^
}
@endsalt

[Ref. QA-5849]
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OpenIconic

OpenIconic is a very nice open source icon set. Those icons have been integrated into the creole parser, so you can use them out-of-the-box. You can use the following syntax: <&ICON_NAME>.

@startsalt
{
  Login<&person> | "MyName   "
  Password<&key> | "****     "
  [Cancel <&circle-x>] | [OK <&account-login>]
}
@endsalt

The complete list is available on OpenIconic Website, or you can use the following special diagram:

@startuml
listopeniconic
@enduml

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Include Salt "on activity diagram"

You can read the following explanation.

@startuml
(*) --> "
{{
salt
{+
<b>an example
choose one option
()one
()two
[ok]
}
}}
" as choose

choose -right-> "
{{
salt
{+
<b>please wait
operation in progress
<&clock>
[cancel]
}
}}
" as wait
wait -right-> "
{{
salt
{+
<b>success
congratulations!
[ok]
}
}}
" as success

wait -down-> "
{{
salt
{+
<b>error
failed, sorry
[ok]
}
}}
"
@enduml

It can also be combined with define macro.

@startuml
!unquoted procedure SALT($x)
"{{
salt
%invoke_procedure("_"+$x)
}}" as $x
!endprocedure

!procedure _choose()
{+
<b>an example
choose one option
()one
()two
[ok]
}
!endprocedure

!procedure _wait()
{+
<b>please wait
operation in progress
<&clock>
[cancel]
}
!endprocedure

!procedure _success()
{+
<b>success
congratulations!
[ok]
}
!endprocedure

!procedure _error()
{+
<b>error
failed, sorry
[ok]
}
!endprocedure

(*) --> SALT(choose)
-right-> SALT(wait)
wait -right-> SALT(success)
wait -down-> SALT(error)
@enduml

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Include salt "on while condition of activity diagram"

You can include salt on while condition of activity diagram.

@startuml
start
while (\n{{\nsalt\n{+\nPassword | "****     "\n[Cancel] | [  OK   ]}\n}}\n) is (Incorrect)
  :log attempt;
  :attempt_count++;
  if (attempt_count > 4) then (yes)
    :increase delay timer;
    :wait for timer to expire;
  else (no)
  endif
endwhile (correct)
:log request;
:disable service;
@enduml

[Ref. QA-8547]
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