Node Types Demo
This demo shows how different layout algorithms handle nodes that are associated with some
specific types, see the Developer's Guide section on
Layout with Custom Node Types. In this example
application, nodes with same color are considered to be of the same type.
The type is generally treated as a secondary, subordinate optimization criterion. Thus,
nodes of the same type are usually not simply clustered together. The type is only
considered when some free choice is available after considering other constraints relevant
to the specific layout algorithm (like minimizing the number of crossings or considering
the hierarchical grouping structure).
Things to Try
Use the combo box to choose a specific layout algorithm. This automatically loads a
suitable example graph. The graph is arranged twice with and without considering node
types to show how different the algorithm behaves when node types are considered.
Modify the graph by adding new elements or changing the type of existing nodes via the
context menu and observe the effect on the layout. The context menu can be accessed by
clicking on a node.