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IBM Rational Method Composer, Version, fix pack contains new features, enhancements, and fixes to the version 7.5 release.


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About this release
This fix pack includes new features, enhancements and fixes to the earlier version 7.5 release of Rational Method Composer.

New in this release
Here are some new and noteworthy features and enhancements added in the Rational Method Composer since the 7.5 release:

PHP integration for Web site search
You can configure the Web site search to use PHP and Zend on either Apache Tomcat or Internet Information Services (IIS).

Enhancements to activity diagrams
You can set the line style to oblique or rectilinear when connecting the activity diagrams.

Enhancements to Spell Check
With Spell Check, you can find and fix spelling errors for all attributes in all method elements within a method plug-in. Right-click any method plug-in, or any of its child nodes in the Library view and select Spell Check.

Decoding rules for double bytes in URLs
There are two options under Preferences > Method > Authoring for skipping double byte decoding in URLs:
  • Skip double byte decoding in URLs
  • Skip double byte decoding in URLs starting with selected hex numbers

Publishing Web sites with RSS feeds
Use RSS feeds to generate specific process information for subscribers in multiple standard formats such as "atom" and "rss2.0" from a Lucene search index.

Merging imported content into the existing method library at the element level
When importing XML files, you can choose to merge the imported content into the existing method library at the element level rather than the package level.

Auto generated name fields
In Preferences > Method > Authoring, you can link the name with presentation name for new method elements (off by default). This option when selected, auto-generates the element name when presentation name is typed in.

Show selected tags on the published Web sites
You can select tags to be displayed on the published pages. By displaying the tags, you can indicate how elements belong to a category, such as "Mandatory" or "Optional".

Creating BIRT reports based on tags and custom categories
You can create BIRT reports from a query-based custom category.

Background images in the published Web sites
When publishing Web sites to HTML, you can select the Publish background to create a background image, for example, the company logo or a watermark in your published Web pages.

APARs Fixed in this release
APARs that are fixed in this release are located in the Fixlist document at:

System requirements
The following sections describe the specific installation requirements for this fix pack.

For information about the hardware and software for Rational Method Composer, Version 7.5.x.x, see the detailed system requirements document at:

Installation information
For installation information including practice library installation, see the Rational Method Composer fix pack document at:

Known limitations, problems and workarounds
The following section lists the known problems in this release of Rational Method Composer and possible workarounds, if any.

PHP/Zend based RSS Feed
Using the PHP/Zend based RSS Feed when publishing a Web site, results in displaying fewer records than expected. There is no workaround for this issue in this release of Rational Method Composer. Note that this issue does not exist when using the Servlet based RSS Feed.

Running Rational Method Composer under Linux Red Hat Enterprise 5 Update 3
Rational Method Composer crashes when starting under Linux Red Hat Enterprise 5 Update 3. The reason is that Rational Method Composer is based on Eclipse 3.3.2 which does not support mozilla-xulrunner 1.9 or above. Mozilla-xulrunner 1.9 is installed by default in Linux Red Hat Enterprise 5 Update 3.

To fix this problem:

  1. Go to , download and install xulrunner for Linux.
  2. Open rmc.ini from the Rational Method Composer installed directory.
  3. Add the following line:
    -Dorg.eclipse.swt.browser.XULRunnerPath={path to your xulrunner installed directory}
  4. Save and close rmc.ini.
    PHP/Lucene search on Linux platforms
    When using the search feature on published Web sites that used the PHP/Lucene based search capability on Linux platforms, a fatal error is generated. The root cause of the problem is that the Zend Lucene Search writes "read.lock.file into the index folder (usr/local/apache/htdocs/<site_name>/search/index) when searching the published Web site. By default, write permission to this folder is not granted to all users.

    To grant write permission to this folder for all users, run the following command:
    chmod 777 -R index

    Blank name fields for Capability Pattern and Delivery Process child nodes
    When creating a child node for Capability Patterns and Delivery Processes, if you do not press Enter to register the name, upon creating a second child node, the name of the first child node is cleared without displaying any warning message.

    To fix this problem you must press Enter after typing the name for the child node.

    Polish translation
    Polish translation for RUP library and practices is not provided in this release of Rational Method Composer. If you installed the product by using IBM Install Manager v1.3.1, Polish language is available as a choice. Selecting Polish provides Rational Method Composer UI in Polish language and RUP library, practices, and online documentation will be provided in English.

    Published Web site with non-English contents
    If your published Web site with non-English contents is not displayed correctly in Tomcat, ensure that [URIEncoding="UTF8" useBodyEncodingForURI="true"] is added to your connector setting in the [TomcatDir]/conf/server.xml file.

    Example of server.xml:
    <Connector port="9080" maxHttpHeaderSize="8192"
    maxThreads="150" minSpareThreads="25" maxSpareThreads="75"
    enableLookups="false" redirectPort="9443" acceptCount="100"
    connectionTimeout="20000" disableUploadTimeout="true"
    URIEncoding="UTF8" useBodyEncodingForURI="true"

    Windows resolution and generated Activity Diagrams
    Activity Diagrams should be opened in the same Windows resolution (96 or 120 DPI) as they were produced. Opening an Activity Diagram that was produced with Windows resolution of 96 DPI in 120 DPI or vice versa, results in unreadable content.

    BIRT reports error
    When opening sections of the Master Pages in the Outline view, a BIRT error message is generated. The workaround for this problem is to manually switch to the Master Page tab.

    Configuration editor Plug-in and Package Selection tab refresh issues
    When the Configuration editor Plug-in and Package Selection tab is open and you try to create or open a new library, change the method plug-in presentation layout from flat to hierarchical or vice versa, or click Show/Hide elements, the view will not refresh and you will lose those selections under the grayed-out elements.

    To refresh, you must close and reopen the Configuration editor view.

    Conflict warning messages when installing or upgrading Rational ClearCase Remote Client (CCRC) from Rational Method Composer software update
    During the installation of CCRC 7.1 plug-ins into Rational Method Composer, several conflict warning messages will be displayed about "Rational Common" plug-ins. These warning messages can be ignored as they are harmless and do not impact the CCRC integration functionalities.

    Importing XML files to source controlled libraries
    When importing XML files into Rational Method Composer library, potentially there are several new files that are being added into the source control under Rational Method Composer integration with CCRC 7.1. In this case, UI race conditions might occur and several error messages will be displayed. To avoid this problem, got to Window > Preferences > Team > ClearCase Client > Workspace and change the "When new source are added" preference option value from "Prompt to add to source control" to "Automatically add to source control". After the import, change the option value back to "Prompt to add to source control".

    Rational Asset Manager integration support
    This release of Rational Method Composer supports integration with Rational Asset Manager V7.1.1.

    In this release of Rational Method Composer, the user interface is translated in the following languages:

    • Arabic (ar)
    • Chinese (Simplified) (zh_CN)
    • Chinese ( Traditional) (zh_TW)
    • Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR)
    • Danish (da)
    • German (de)
    • French (fr)
    • Italian (it)
    • Spanish (es)
    • Japanese (ja)
    • Korean (ko)
    • Polish (po)
    • Russian (ru)

    In this release of Rational Method Composer, the online documentation is translated in the following languages:
    • Arabic (ar)
    • Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR)
    • German (de)
    • French (fr)
    • Italian (it)
    • Spanish (es)
    • Japanese (ja)

    In this release of Rational Method Composer, the practices library is translated in the following languages:
    • Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR)
    • Chinese (Simplified) (zh_CN)
    • Chinese (Traditional) (zh_TW)
    • German (de)
    • French (fr)
    • Italian (it)
    • Spanish (es)
    • Japanese (ja)

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    Document information

    More support for: Rational Method Composer

    Software version:

    Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

    Reference #: 7016986

    Modified date: 14 April 2014

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