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 54 illustrates these principles.
Figure 54 – 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.