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Subject: Proposal: Store path for connector shapes


To correctly restore the geometry of a connector in case one or both ends are not 
connected to a shape, it is reasonable to optionally store the connector's path data. If 
the path data is not stored, the layout of a connector shape may be undefined for some 
cases. Storing path data is also useful for viewer applications that don't want to render 
complex connector pathes itself.

The following proposal for section 9.2.9 Connector adds to attributes svg:viewBox and 
svg:d tp <draw:connector>, that allow to store path data:

<define name="draw-connector">
   <element name="draw:connector">
     <ref name="draw-connector-attlist"/>
     <ref name="common-draw-shape-with-text-and-styles-attlist"/>
     <ref name="common-draw-caption-id-attlist"/>
     <ref name="common-draw-viewbox-attlist"/>
       <ref name="svg-title"/>
       <ref name="svg-desc"/>
       <ref name="office-event-listeners"/>
       <ref name="draw-glue-point"/>
     <ref name="draw-text"/>

The attributes that may be associated with the <draw:connector> element are:
• Style, Layer, Z-Index, ID, View box and Caption ID – see section 9.2.15


=== Path Data ===

The svg:d attribute specifies the connector's path.

The syntax for the attribute svg:d is described in §8 of the Scalable Vector Graphics 
(SVG) 1.1  specification [SVG].

Implementations may only supports a subset of the SVG path specification, for instance no
mixtures of open and closed curves for one shape, or no elliptical arc command.

Applications should export the connector's geometric path, even though it could be 
computed using the other attributes. Since for some combination of attributes the computed 
path is ambiguous, storing the path ensures  a consistent rendering of documents. It also 
helps simple document viewers since computing a connectors path is a complex task.

<define name="draw-connector-attlist" combine="interleave">
     <attribute name="svg:d">
       <ref name="pathData"/>

Best regards


Michael Brauer, Technical Architect Software Engineering
Sun Microsystems GmbH             Nagelsweg 55
D-20097 Hamburg, Germany          michael.brauer@sun.com
http://sun.com/staroffice         +49 40 23646 500

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