Structure and data links

This section describes the types of links and how to:

You can use Structure links and Data links to describe how each element in the target schema can be created from the elements in the source schema.

  • Structure links: The structure of the output message is defined by structure links. In the following example, there is a structure link from the account element in the source schema to the accounts object element in the target schema. This means that for each account element in the input message an accounts object element in the output message is generated.
  • Data links: The values of the elements in the output message are defined by data links. In the following example, there is a data link from the ownerName element in the source schema to the displayName element in the target schema. This means that the value of the element ownerName in the input message is transferred to the element displayName in the output message.
Note   Each element in the target schema can be defined by just one link.

Visual Mapper Overview Screen of accounts and owners

To create a link, drag a source element and drop it on a valid target element. The cursor will change if the operation is not allowed.

To delete an existing link, click on the link, right-click, and select Delete.

Visual Mapper screen demonstrating how to delete a link

Alternatively, press your Delete key, or select Edit > Delete from the menu bar.

To reconnect existing links to other elements, drag the link source or target and drop it on to a new element.

To replace an existing link, drag a source element and drop it on the same target element used.

Visual Mapper screen showing how to drag a source element to replace a link

Reverse a change

For all operations, you can perform one of the following undo or redo options tp reverse a change:

  • Select the Undo or Redo icon in the toolbar.
  • Select Edit > Undo or Edit > Redo from the menu bar.
  • Use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Z or Ctrl+Y.

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