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Relationships, or attributes, are represented using a rectangle with rounded ends and a double line border, as shown below:

Figure 15attribute

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Attribute element

A rounded rectangle with a single border is permitted in informal contexts (e.g., diagramming during a whiteboard discussion).


"Is a" (subtype) relationships are highlighted by using an open-headed arrow as shown below:

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"Is a" element

The rounded rectangle specified in section 4.2 is omitted when representing "Is a" relationships, and the arrow head always points to the parent (super-type) concept.

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