Subclause 9.2 defines a generic pattern to expose and configure components. It defines the following principles:

  • A configurable Object shall contain a folder called SupportedTypes that references the list of Types available for configuring components using Organizes References. Sub-folders can be used for further structuring of the set. The names of these sub-folders are vendor specific.
  • The configured instances shall be components of the configurable Object.

Figure 36 illustrates these principles.


Figure 36 – Configurable component pattern

In some cases the SupportedTypes folder on the instance may be different to the one on the Type and may contain only a subset. It may be for example that only one instance of each Type can be configured. In this case the list of supported Types will shrink with each configured component.