Understanding Conditions

The <cond> subtag specifies a condition that governs the evaluation of declarations in its parent <entity> or <relationship> tag. The evaluation semantics of the tag follow the semantics for the <attr> tag: a non-empty string as a result indicates that the condition is true, an empty string or a failure indicates that the condition is false. Multiple <cond> tags can be specified, creating a fallback chain with <attr>-style fallback semantics.

Notice in the example given in the section on decisions that the parser creates a decision entity even when the name of the target resolves to a single value. Use a <cond> subtag in the relationship definition to avoid that:

<rel name='ReadsDataportDecision'>
  <cond if-multi='%x' value='%_yes'/>
  <target type='DECISION'>
    <attr name='HCID' value='%_hcid'/>
    <attr name='DecisionType' value='DATAPORT'/>
    <attr name='AKA'
    <attr name='AKA'
    <attr name='VariableName' value='%_varname1'/>
    <attr name='Completed' if-closed='%x'
    <rel name='ResolvesToDATAPORT'>
      <target type='DATAPORT'
<rel name='ReadsDataport'>
  <cond if-single='%x' value='%_yes'/>
  <target type='DATAPORT' name='%_pgmname.%x'/>

This repository definition produces the same result as the example in the section on decisions, except that no decision is created when the name of the target resolves to a single value.

_yes and _no are predefined variables that evaluate, respectively, to a non-empty and empty string for true and false, respectively. The if-single attribute means that the <cond> tag should be interpreted only if the specified variable has a single defined value. The if-multi attribute means that the <cond> tag should be interpreted if the variable has multiple values, none, or can be undefined. The if-closed attribute blocks the <cond> tag if the variable has an undefined value.

Note: if-single, if-multi, and if-closed can also be used with the <attr> tag.

Conditions have join set to an empty string by default, resulting in a _yes outcome if any combination of values of the variables used in switches within causes it to evaluate to _yes. If a particular condition definition should fail when some of the values evaluate to _no and others to _yes, use a yes-only='yes' attribute specification. That causes join to be unset, and the condition to give a non-fail outcome only when all values evaluate to _yes.

In a relationship definition, <cond> determines whether the relationship is generated. For a decision relationship, it also determines whether the decision entity should be generated.

In an entity definition, <cond> governs all attribute and subrelationship definitions in the tag, and the creation of the entity in case of a standalone entity. For an entity specified in a <target> or <source> tag, instantiation of the relationship automatically spawns the corresponding entity, meaning that a false condition on the source or target of a relationship does not prevent creation of corresponding entities.