Table Structure

Actions that generate new element lists are defined by a reference to an element list structure by an action descriptor. A single tool can only output one file, in which all the elements for the element list are contained. If several tools of an action return a file descriptor, the last one in the sequence is used to create the element list.

Additional string output parameters returned by the tool which create the element list are added as element list properties to that list.

As a minimum, the output file must contain all values of the key properties and the match name of the corresponding element type. See ID has Key Property and Element type for more information. If the element list is to be represented in the form of a tree table, you must return the hierarchical tree structure in the match name by concatenating the match names of the element types which define the tree. You can use a + character to concatenate the match names. The output file must contain all values of all key properties of all element types which are referenced by one of the match names in the match name concatenation.

This means you cannot define an element type match name that contains the + character. If a tool returns a match name containing a + character in the element type property, the tool output will always be represented in the form of a tree table. Each segment of the concatenated match name separated by the + character is interpreted as an element type match name.

Additionally, output property values can be assigned to the corresponding element and be shown in the table if these properties have also been assigned to the element type. Every line of the output file will be interpreted as a string of property values for an element.

Example tool output

Here is another example for a tool output which is represented in the form of a tree table:

Creation of a tree table Element List