Connector Settings

DTace Tutorials > Tree Settings > Connector Settings

The Connectors page of the settings form is used to control the appearance, routing and connection to nodes.  The Connectors page is shown below.

Connector Appearance

There are three types of connectors available.

  • Straight
  • Elbow
  • Curved

Connector Routing

Connector routing determines the start and end points of the connector.  There are two types of routing

  • Ordered
  • Shortest

Ordered routing uses the Node Connection Points setting (below) to determine where the start and end points of the connector attach to nodes.

Shortest routing draws the connector using the shortest path possible.  This may result in connectors attaching to nodes at varying places.

Node Connection Points

When ordered routing is used, the node connection points setting is used to specify where the connectors attach to nodes.

When a left to right diagram orientation is used, generally incoming connectors should attach on the left side of a node and outgoing connectors attach to the right side of a node.

When a top to bottom diagram orientation is used, generally incoming connectors should attach to the top side of a node and outgoing connectors attach to the bottom of a node.

The following is an example of a left to right oriented diagram with straight connectors, ordered routing, incoming attached to left side, and outgoing attached to right side.

The following is an example of a top to bottom oriented diagram with curved connectors, ordered routing, incoming attached to top side, and outgoing attached to bottom side.