Generated Model Elements

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Various tools generate models (Decomposition, UML-B, ...). Editing a generated model is not recommended, as further model generations will simply override the modifications. Thus, generated models should not be modifiable by editors, and we need a way to tag these models and prevent editing. To that end, a new boolean attribute is defined: 'org.eventb.core.generated'. Tools can put this attribute on any internal element they generate; its presence is checked by editors so they can forbid editing tagged elements.


  • in Rodin 1.1, only file root elements could be tagged as generated.
  • in Rodin 1.2 and further releases, any internal element can be tagged as generated.


The semantics of the 'org.eventb.core.generated' attribute is defined as follows:

  • if the attribute is absent, the element is considered not generated
  • if the attribute is present with value 'false', idem
  • if the attribute is present with value 'true', the attributed element and all its children (recursively) are considered generated

Thus, a given internal element is considered generated if any of the following holds:

  • it has the 'org.eventb.core.generated' attribute with value 'true'
  • one of its ancestors has the 'org.eventb.core.generated' attribute with value 'true'


Let's see what it looks like when opening a generated model. In the following example, the root element is tagged generated, so all internal elements are read-only:

GeneratedElements editor.png

If we try to modify a text field or click a 'theorem' button, nothing happens. Attempts to add or remove elements fail with a popup message:

GeneratedElements InfoReadOnly.png

In the above example, we just clicked the remove button for 'axm3'.