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Changing how nodes display in views

When you edit views, you can change the appearance of the nodes in the view containers. For example, you can modify the node title, highlight artifacts that meet specific conditions, or change the appearance of the Count node in the view container.

Before you begin

By default, only administrators can create or edit shared views. To request permission to create or edit views, contact your administrator.

About this task

In the following steps, you use the node editor to change the node layout.


  1. Create a view named Sample.
  2. In the editor, drag a Story artifact onto the view canvas.
  3. Open the node editor.
    Right-click an artifact in the view, and click Edit Node.
  4. Change the size of the node to show longer node descriptions.
    On the UI Type page, change the width value to 300.
  5. Change the node description.
    1. From the UI Type list, select baseResourceNode.
    2. Click the pencil icon to edit the parameter for title.
      Change the description of the node
    3. In the Parameter window, from the Default Value list, select an attribute that you want to display as the description of the node. For example, in the following example, Id is selected for display.
    4. Click OK.
      Flowchart to change the description of the node

    In the above example, the description of the Story node shows the ID on the first line and the title on the second line.

  6. Create a new UI type. To create a new UI type, click the pencil icon next to the UI Type list.
    Changing the UI type for view nodes by using the node editor
    • To create a new blank UI type, click Add, enter a UI type ID, and configure the parameters.
    • To make a copy of a UI type from the list, select the UI type, and click Duplicate. Enter a UI type ID, and configure the parameters.
    For UI types marked with (System), you cannot modify the parameter values.
  7. Use conditional parameters to change the appearance of the nodes when the represented artifacts meet specific conditions that you define. Complete the following steps to set the node color in the view based on certain conditions.
    1. Click the pencil icon near the fill UI parameter.
      Set conditional parameters to change nodes based on artifact attributes
    2. Click Add.
      To add a new condition
      The Condition page opens.
      Conditions page where you can configure the parameter
    3. In the Conditions window, you can perform the following steps to define the conditions.
      1. To define a single condition, select a property name, an operator, and a value.
      2. To add more conditions, click Add condition, and then define the condition.
      3. To group the conditions, select the check-box next to the conditions, and then click Group.
      4. To remove grouping of the conditions, select the check-boxes next to the grouped conditions, and then click Ungroup.
      5. To repeat a condition, select the check-box next to the condition, and then click Duplicate.
      6. From the Color list, select the node color when the node satisfies the condition.
    4. For example, to set the condition as shown in the following figure, perform the substeps of step c.
    5. Click OK.
      The condition that you created is shown here:
    6. You can also set the conditional color for a node from the Parameter: fill window.
    7. From the Default Value list, select the default color for the node. Nodes that do not fulfill the configured conditions, will have the default color.
    8. Click OK.
    The nodes get highlighted based on the conditions that you configured.
    Example of node color that is defined with conditional parameters

    Because your view uses conditional parameters to highlight the artifact status, every time your team members run the view, the nodes colors change according to the conditions that you configured, reflecting the latest status of the project.

  8. Configure the appearance of the Count node in views:
    1. In a view, select a container, and then click Show Count.
    2. Right-click the Count node, and then select Edit Node.
    3. In the UI Type tab, change the default width, height, fill or stroke properties, and then click OK.
      Flowchart to change the appearance of the Count node

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