PlantUML now can generate diagrams other than UML. In such cases the usual @startuml does not make sense anymore. So now we allow diagrams start with @startXYZ and finish with @endXYZ, where XYZ can change with the type of diagram and can be any characters (including spaces).

This means that plugin developers are encouraged to change their code to recognize @start instead of @startuml.

DITAA diagrams are usually formatted as @startditaa...@endditaa.


Ditaa is an Open Source project that allows to generate general diagrams from a text descriptions. The idea is close to PlantUML, and it may be useful for documentation to generate other diagrams than UML.

So last version of PlantUML allows this :

+--------+   +-------+    +-------+
|        +---+ ditaa +--> |       |
|  Text  |   +-------+    |diagram|
|Document|   |!magic!|    |       |
|     {d}|   |       |    |       |
+---+----+   +-------+    +-------+
    :                         ^
    |       Lots of work      |

You will find here the complete documentation about this.

If your plugin does not support @startditaa yet, a temporary feature has been set up : it is also possible to use Ditaa with @startuml by using ditaa keyword on the very first line of your description.

You can also use some option, after the @startditaa or @ditaa keyword:

ditaa(--no-shadows, scale=0.8)
/--------\   +-------+
|cAAA    +---+Version|
|  Data  |   |   V3  |
|  Base  |   |cRED{d}|
|     {s}|   +-------+

Only PNG generation is supported.