About-Labels-and-Label-Templates

About Labels and Label Templates

    About Labels and Label Templates

    Labels may be freestanding or attached to an object. The label template defines what
    fields from the database table are displayed in the label.

    Labels are multiline text objects that display data in a drawing from selected fields
    stored in external database tables. Labels can be either freestanding or attached
    to objects.

    Labels attached to objects are tightly connected, meaning the label is modified when
    the object to which it is attached is modified.

    Before you can add labels, you must first create label templates. Label templates
    define the fields in a database table from which label text is generated.

    Create and Edit Labels and Label Templates

    Links provide a powerful mechanism for associating external data with program graphical
    objects. By selecting linked objects, you can readily access their associated records
    in the database table. Links do, however, have some inherent limitations. Suppose,
    for example, that you wanted to print a drawing and include the external data associated
    with individual links. Because the links are merely pointers to the external database
    table, the external data would not appear in your printed drawing. For those occasions
    when you want a visible representation of external data in a drawing, the program
    provides labels.

    Labels are multiline text objects that display data in a drawing from selected fields
    stored in an external database table.

    The labels that you create in the program can be freestanding, or they can be attached
    to a graphical object. Freestanding labels exist in the drawing independent of any
    graphical objects. Labels that are attached to a graphical object are tightly connected
    with it. If you move the graphical object, the label moves with it. If you copy the
    object to the Clipboard, the label is also copied. If you delete an object that has
    an attached label, the label is deleted as well. Labels associated with graphical
    objects are displayed with a leader.

    To work with labels, you must first create a label template that defines what fields
    from the database table are displayed in the label and how the label text is formatted.

    Edit Label Templates

    After defining a label template, you might have cause to edit it. For example, you
    may decide that you want additional database table fields to be displayed in your
    drawings, or that you want to change the font or size of the label object. You can
    also specify a number of offset settings that affect the insertion point of labels
    and, in the case of attached labels, their associated leader objects.

    The Label Offset tab of the Label Template dialog box specifies X and Y coordinate offset values for labels and leader objects. The following table summarizes
    the effect these settings have on both freestanding and attached labels.

    Label Offset tab options

    Option

    Freestanding labels

    Attached labels

    Start

    N/A

    Specifies the start point for the leader object. The point is defined with respect
    to the extents of the graphical object that the label is attached to. Suppose, for
    example, that you specify a Start setting of Top Left for a label attached to a rectangle
    graphical object. The tip of the leader is inserted in the upper left corner of the
    rectangle.

    Leader

    Offset

    N/A

    Specifies an X and Y offset for the multiline text object with respect to the associated leader object.
    By default, the X and Y Leader Offset options are set to 1, indicating that the label text is offset 1 unit
    in the X and Y planes from the tip of the leader object.

    Tip

    Offset

    Specifies an X and Y label offset

    from the insertion point you specify for the label. For example, X and

    Y Tip Offset settings of -1 cause the label to be inserted offset 1 negative unit in
    the X and Y planes from the insertion point you specify in the drawing.

    Specifies an X and Y offset for the tip of the leader object from the value specified with the Start option.
    Suppose, for example, that you specify a Start setting of Top Left for a label attached
    to a rectangle graphical object. You also specify X and Y Tip Offset values of 1. The tip of the leader is inserted offset 1 positive unit
    in the X and Y planes from the upper left corner of the rectangle.

    Edit Labels

    Once you have created labels, you can edit and manipulate them in a variety of ways.
    Labels and their leaders can be moved and resized using standard commands such as
    COPY, MOVE, and SCALE. It is important to note that changes made to individual label
    instances do not affect or redefine the label template.

    NOTE:It is not recommended that you edit the text of labels using the In-place Text Editor.
    The new text values are not updated in the link or the database table, and original
    field values are restored if you click Reload.

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