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Display popups over model components for equations, values and comments

While in pointer mode, holding the pointer over any model component will cause a popup window to appear including that component's equation, value(s) (while the model is running) and description and comments. These can be suppressed by unchecking any or all of these options. If none is selected, the popups are suppressed completely.

  • The equation is displayed on a green background.
  • The description and comments are displayed on a brown background.
  • The current value for the variable, provided you have built the model, is displayed on a yellow background.

The 'Size limit' sets the maximum number of characters that can appear in a field of a model component popup, in order to keep the boxes to a reasonable size. If there are more characters than this (e.g., values from a submodel with thousands of instances) then the middle of the text will be replaced with '.....'.

Normally, an array or list value is displayed as a sequence of indices alternating with values. This can be overlong and hard to read for multidimensional values, so as an alternative Simile v6.9 and later can pop-up 2-D values as matrices, where the indices are not displayed but can be inferred from the row and column positions of the values. This mode is selected with the 'Show 2-D values as matrices' checkbox.

Note that an alternative, especially for complex data structures, is to use the snapshot tool.

Equation listings show parameter origins, enumerated type definitions, comments

The three checkboxes in this section control the behaviour of the equation listing generator.

  • 'Parameter origins' lists the paths to each component whose value is used in the equation.
  • 'Enumerated type definitions' lists the members of enumerated types with the submodels where they are defined.
  • 'Comments' includes descriptions and comments added to all components. 

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