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Flexible connectors sockets on graphical flows or boxes to make connectors straight lines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022506D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

When defining flows between graphical objects the connector lines often have small kinks in them to allow them to join to sockets. By having the ends of a connection flexible and can move through an angle the kink may be eliminated.

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Flexible connectors sockets on graphical flows or boxes to make connectors straight lines

A typical example of a kinked line is given below:

    See the link Build_control_mechanism to write_control_mechanism. This has a slight kink in it because the connectors are not on exactly the same horizontal level. While it may be possible to move Write_control_message so it lines up, it is not always possible.

    The technique described here makes the connectors at the end of the lines flexible, and accommodate small movement, so the lines can be straight.

Today, the connectors look like the following ( blown up):

The solution allows these to move at the pivot, so it looks like:

    The size of the connector is almost the same, and will not take up any more space than before.

    If you think about a scaffolding joint, if the fitting is rigid it is hard to put a scaffolding pole into a fitting. If the fitting has a knuckle then the small amount of movement may be enough to put the scaffolding pole into the joint.

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