JS Sequence Diagrams
Generates UML sequence diagrams from simple text
by Andrew Brampton 2012-2017
Alice->Bob: Hello Bob, how are you? Note right of Bob: Bob thinks Bob-->Alice: I am good thanks!
You will need Snap.svg, Web Font Loader (if you wish to use custom fonts), underscore.js (or lodash), and optionally jQuery.
bower install bramp/js-sequence-diagrams and include the scripts below:
also import the CSS if you plan to use the hand drawn theme:
Not using bower? No problem. Just download the dependencies, and include them yourself. If you plan to use the hand draw theme, don't forget to put the two fontfiles in your css folder: /fonts/daniel/danielbd.woff and /fonts/daniel/danielbd.woff2
You can use the Diagram class like:
Diagram will be placed here
or use jQuery to do all the work:
For full examples check out the demo site.
var options =// Change the styling of the diagram, typically one of 'simple', 'hand'. New themes can be registered with registerTheme(...).theme: string// CSS style to apply to the diagram's svg tag. (Only supported if using snap.svg)css_class: string;
The following CSS classes are applied to the SVG diagram when using snap.svg:
sequence: Applies to main SVG tag.
title: Applied to the title of the diagram.
actor: Applied to the actors.
signal: Applied to the signals.
note: Applied to all notes.
The diagram can then be customised, for example:
Version 1.x of this library used Raphaël for drawing the diagrams, however, Raphaël had some limitations, and since disappeared from the Internet. We've decided to move to Snap.svg, which is a pure SVG implementation, instead of Raphaël which in addition to SVG, also supported VML (on Internet Explorer). This support of VML made it impossible to use some newer SVG capabilities. Native SVG allows us to use CSS styling, better font support, animations and more.
To aid in the transition Version 2.x will support both Raphaël and Snap.svg (preferring Snap.svg). If you include Raphaël instead of snap.svg, it will default to using Raphaël as the rendering library. For example
There are also four transitional themes, 'snapSimple', 'snapHand', 'raphaelSimple', 'raphaelHand', which force the use of either Snap.svg, or Raphaël.
The plan is to drop support for Raphaël in a future release, simplifying the library, and reducing the file size.
Adding a Font
The build is managed by a Makefile, and uses various tools available from npm. Thus both
make and npm are required, and can easily be installed on any Linux or Mac machine.
The Makefile will use npm to install all the dev dependencies, build, and test.
We use qunit for testing. It can be ran from the command line, or via a browser. The command line actually tests multiple permutations of lodash, Underscore, and with and without minification.
make test...Global summary:┌───────┬───────┬────────────┬────────┬────────┬─────────┐│ Files │ Tests │ Assertions │ Failed │ Passed │ Runtime │├───────┼───────┼────────────┼────────┼────────┼─────────┤│ 1 │ 13 │ 231 │ 0 │ 231 │ 250 │└───────┴───────┴────────────┴────────┴────────┴─────────┘
make and then open test/qunit.html in a browser. Finally a simple playground is available at test/test.html.
How to release
- Make sure all changes checked in
- Bump version in src/main.js and bower.json
git add -f src/main.js bower.json dist/*
git commit -m "Released version 2.x.x"
git push origin master
git tag -a v2.x.x -m v2.x.x
git push origin v2.x.x
Automate the release process
Testing that checks the generated SVG is correct
Improve the hand drawn theme
- "Note left of Bob: " generates a small empty box.
- The font seems to have extra margin at the bottom.
- The wiggly lines don't always touch.
Dozens of other issues on https://github.com/bramp/js-sequence-diagrams/issues
This project makes use of Jison, snap.svg, underscore.js, and the awersome Daniel font (which is free to use for any purpose).
Many thanks to Web Sequence Diagrams which greatly inspired this project, and forms the basis for the syntax.
- Web Sequence Diagrams Server side version with a commercial offering
- flowchart.js A similar project that draws flow charts in the browser
Licence (Simplified BSD License)
Copyright (c) 2012-2017, Andrew Brampton All rights reserved.
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