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Labels Menu

 

When selecting one of the menu options below, you are prompted to choose what to label and with what text.

  • Node Labels: Allows you to turn on or off labels for nodes displayed in the topology map.

  • Group Labels: Allows you to turn on or off labels for groups displayed in the topology map.

  • Link Labels: Allows you to turn on or off labels for links displayed in the topology map.



What to Label



Option

Explanation

All

Displays the label for all elements in the given category

None

Removes the label for all elements in the given category

Only Current Selection

Displays the label only for selected elements in the given category, removes labels for nonselected elements

Add Current Selection

Adds label(s) for selected elements in the given category, preserves pre-existing labels of nonselected elements

Remove Current Selection

Removes label(s) for selected elements in the given category, preserves pre-existing labels of nonselected elements



Label Text



A list of typical attributes that are used to label the item are given in the right-hand side of the table. For the node and link labels, you also have the option to customize the label in such a way that it includes other properties or more than one property. This option is available by selecting Customize... under the What Text? section and results in Customizing Labels.

By selecting Bottom Bar, you can also customize the map window bottom bar display this is shown when you hover the mouse over a map element such as a node or link.

Bottom Bar

Description

Nodes: Customize...

Allows you to customize the label shown in the bottom bar when the pointer is over a node

Nodes: Reset to Defaults

Resets the node information given in the bottom bar to the default values.

Links: Customize...

Allows you to customize the label shown in the bottom bar when the pointer is over a link

Links: Reset to Defaults

Resets the link information given in the bottom bar to the default values.



Customizing Labels



Figure 47: Set Labels... Window
Set Labels... Window

Options

Description

Add/Remove

Add moves selected key from left hand side to the right hand side list

Up/Down arrows

Moves a selected field up and down to change the field order

Output Format

In the list of Output Formats, the Key is taken from the titles listed in the top panel, and the Value is the specific value for any particular Key.

  • For example, if you select for link label text the following keys: Name, Used_BW_AZ, and Used_BW_ZA and the following output format: Key=value; Key=value; ..., you could get the following results:

    • Name=Link2; Used_BW_AZ=84M; Used_BW_ZA=40M

  • Note that for the link labels, you can select not only link properties to display but also properties of the source and destination nodes by double-clicking on NodeA or NodeZ.



Show/Hide Message



Toggles on or off any messages or text that are displayed in the topology map. Messages that are displayed in the map usually include total link cost.



International Map Labels



Each node, link, and group on the map can have one label in any language, defined in a single server-side file /u/wandl/data/custom/intllabel.txt, which must be saved in Unicode UTF-16 format. Each line of the file should have three items separated by commas:

  • LetterCode is either N (for node), G (for group), or L (for link)

  • ElementID is either the nodeID field from the muxloc file (first column), link name from the bblink file, or group name from the group file.

  • intlLabel is the foreign text in Unicode.

Once this file is created, and the network is reopened, this label can then be displayed on the map by opening the Labels Menu , selecting Customize..., and then selecting the IntlLabel key. This label can also be displayed in the Network window node and link view panes by right-clicking the table header, selecting Table Options... and then adding the IntlLabel column. Finally, the IntlLabel attribute can also be used for advanced filters for nodes and links.