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Annotation

Annotation is a block of text that can be displayed over a node or connector. Annotation is used to textually represent an object with a string that can be edited at runtime. Multiple annotations can be added to a node/connector.

Create annotation

An annotation can be added to a node/connector by defining the annotation object and adding that to the annotation collection of the node/connector. The content property of annotation defines the text to be displayed. The following code illustrates how to create a annotation.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() { Content = "Node1", Style = new DiagramTextStyle() { Color = "black", Fill = "transparent" } });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            // Sets the Annotation for the Connector
            List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation> Connector1 = new List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation>();
            Connector1.Add(new DiagramConnectorAnnotation() { Content = "Connector1", Style = new DiagramTextStyle() { Color = "black", Fill = "transparent" } });

            List<DiagramConnector> Connectors = new List<DiagramConnector>();
            Connectors.Add(new DiagramConnector() {
                Id = "connector1",
                SourceID = "Node1",
                TargetID = "Node2",
                // add the Annotation for the Connector
                Annotations = Connector1 });

            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            ViewBag.connectors=Connectors;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Add annotations at runtime

  • Annotations can be added at runtime by using the client-side method addLabels. The following code illustrates how to add a annotation to a node.

  • The annotation’s ID property is used to define the name of the annotation and its further used to find the annotation at runtime and do any customization.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() { Content = "Node1", Style = new DiagramTextStyle() { Color = "black", Fill = "transparent" } });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}
var diagramElement = document.getElementById('element');
var diagram = diagramElement.ej2_instances[0];
var annotation = [{
    id: 'label1',
    //set the contect
    content: 'Annotation'
}]
//Method to add labels at run time
diagram.addLabels(diagram.nodes[0], annotation);
diagram.dataBind();

Remove annotation

A collection of annotations can be removed from the node by using client-side method removeLabels. The following code illustrates how to remove a annotation to a node.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() { Content = "Node1", Style = new DiagramTextStyle() { Color = "black", Fill = "transparent" } });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}
var diagramElement = document.getElementById('element');
var diagram = diagramElement.ej2_instances[0];
var annotation = [{
    id: 'label1',
    content: 'Annotation'
}]
//Method to remove labels at runtime
diagram.removeLabels(diagram.nodes[0], annotation);

Update annotation at runtime

You can change any annotation properties at runtime and update it through the client-side method dataBind.

The following code example illustrates how to change the annotation properties.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() { Content = "Node1", Style = new DiagramTextStyle() { Color = "black", Fill = "transparent" } });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}
var diagramElement = document.getElementById('element');
var diagram = diagramElement.ej2_instances[0];

diagram.nodes[0].annotations[0].content = 'Updated Annotation';
//Method to update the annotation at run time
diagram.dataBind();

Alignment

Annotation can be aligned relative to the node boundaries. It has margin, offset, horizontal, and vertical alignment settings. It is quite tricky when all four alignments are used together but gives more control over alignment.

Offset

The offset property of annotation is used to align the annotations based on fractions. 0 represents top/left corner, 1 represents bottom/right corner, and 0.5 represents half of width/height.

Set the size for a nodes annotation by using width and height properties.

The following code shows the relationship between the annotation position (black color circle) and offset (fraction values).

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() {
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Content = "Node1",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle() {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent" },
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Offset = new DiagramPoint() {X=0,Y=1}
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Horizontal and vertical alignment

The horizontalAlignment property of annotation is used to set how the annotation is horizontally aligned at the annotation position determined from the fraction values. The verticalAlignment property is used to set how annotation is vertically aligned at the annotation position.

The following tables illustrates all the possible alignments visually with ‘offset (0, 0)‘.

Horizontal Alignment Vertical Alignment Output with Offset(0,0)
Left Top Left Top Label Alignment
Center Top Center Top Label Alignment
Right Top Right Top Label Alignment
Left Center Left Center Label Alignment
Center Center Center Center Label Alignment
Right Center Right Center Label Alignment
Left Bottom Left Bottom Label Alignment
Center Bottom Center Bottom Label Alignment
Right Bottom Right Bottom Label Alignment

The following codes illustrates how to align annotations.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() {
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Content = "Node1",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle() {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent" },
                // Sets the horizontal alignment as left
                HorizontalAlignment = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.HorizontalAlignment.Left,
                // Sets the vertical alignment as Center
                VerticalAlignment = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.VerticalAlignment.Center
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Annotation alignment with respect to segments

The offset and alignment properties of annotation allows you to align the connector annotations with respect to the segments.

The following code example illustrates how to align connector annotations.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() {
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Content = "Node1",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle() {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent" },
            });
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node2 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node2.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Content = "Node1",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent"
                },
                          });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node2",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node2,
            });            // Sets the Annotation for the Connector
            List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation> Connector1 = new List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation>();
            Connector1.Add(new DiagramConnectorAnnotation() {
                Content = "Connector1",
                // Sets the offset for the content
                Offset = 0,
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle() { Color = "white", Fill = "transparent" } });
            Connector1.Add(new DiagramConnectorAnnotation()
            {
                Content = "Connector2",
                // Sets the offset for the content
                Offset =1,
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle() { Color = "white", Fill = "transparent" }
            }); List<DiagramConnector> Connectors = new List<DiagramConnector>();
            Connectors.Add(new DiagramConnector()
            {
                Id = "connector1",
                SourceID = "Node1",
                TargetID = "Node2",
                // add the Annotation for the Connector
                Annotations = Connector1
            });

            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            ViewBag.connectors = Connectors;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Margin

Margin is an absolute value used to add some blank space in any one of its four sides. The annotations can be displaced with the margin property. The following code example illustrates how to align a annotation based on its offset, horizontalAlignment, verticalAlignment, and margin values.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() {
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Content = "Node1",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle() {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent" },
                //Sets the margin for the annotation
                Margin = new DiagramMargin() { Top = 10 }
                // Sets the horizontal alignment as left
                HorizontalAlignment = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.HorizontalAlignment.Left,
                // Sets the vertical alignment as Center
                VerticalAlignment = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.VerticalAlignment.Center
            });
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node2 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node2.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Content = "Node1",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent"
                },
                //Sets the margin for the annotation
                Margin = new DiagramMargin() { Bottom = 10 }
                // Sets the horizontal alignment as left
                HorizontalAlignment = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.HorizontalAlignment.Left,
                // Sets the vertical alignment as Center
                VerticalAlignment = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.VerticalAlignment.Center });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node2",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node2,
            });            // Sets the Annotation for the Connector
            List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation> Connector1 = new List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation>();
            Connector1.Add(new DiagramConnectorAnnotation() {
                Content = "Connector1",
                // Sets the offset for the content
                Offset = 0,
                //Sets the margin for the annotation
                Margin = new DiagramMargin() { Top = 10 },
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle() { Color = "white", Fill = "transparent" } });
            List<DiagramConnector> Connectors = new List<DiagramConnector>();
            Connectors.Add(new DiagramConnector()
            {
                Id = "connector1",
                SourceID = "Node1",
                TargetID = "Node2",
                // add the Annotation for the Connector
                Annotations = Connector1
            });

            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            ViewBag.connectors = Connectors;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Text align

The textAlign property of annotation allows you to set how the text should be aligned (left, right, center, or justify) inside the text block. The following codes illustrate how to set textAlign for an annotation.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Content = "Text align is set as Left",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                    // Sets the textAlign as left for the content
                    TextAlign = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.TextAlign.Left
                },
                
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Diagram provides a support to add a hyperlink for the nodes/connectors annotation. It can also be customized.

Template Support for Annotation

Diagram provides template support for annotation. you should define a SVG/HTML content as string in the annotation’s template property.

The following code illustrates how to define a template in node’s annotation. similarly, you can define it in connectors.

tagHelper
labelTemplate.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation() {
                //Sets the offset for the content
                Content = "Node1",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle() {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent"
                },
                    //Set an template for Node annotation
                 Template = "<div><input type="button" value="Submit"></div>"
            });

            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width =100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });

             // Sets the Annotation for the Connector
            List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation> Connector1 = new List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation>();
            Connector1.Add(new DiagramConnectorAnnotation() {
                Content = "Connector1",
                // Sets the offset for the content
                Offset = 0,
                //Set an template for Connector annotation
                Template = "<div><input type="button" value="Submit"></div>"
             });
            List<DiagramConnector> Connectors = new List<DiagramConnector>();
            Connectors.Add(new DiagramConnector()
            {
                Id = "connector1",
                SourcePoint = new DiagramPoint() { X = 100, Y = 100 },
                TargetPoint = new DiagramPoint() { X = 200, Y = 200 },
                // add the Annotation for the Connector
                Annotations = Connector1
            });

            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            ViewBag.connectors = Connectors;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Wrapping

When text overflows node boundaries, you can control it by using text wrapping. So, it is wrapped into multiple lines. The wrapping property of annotation defines how the text should be wrapped. The following code illustrates how to wrap a text in a node.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content= "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                    // Sets the TextWrapping as wrap for the content
                    TextWrapping = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.TextWrap.Wrap
                },
                
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

| No Wrap | Text will not be wrapped. | Label No Wrap | | Wrap | Text-wrapping occurs, when the text overflows beyond the available node width. | Label Wrap | | WrapWithOverflow (Default) | Text-wrapping occurs, when the text overflows beyond the available node width. However, the text may overflow beyond the node width in the case of a very long word. | Label WrapWith Overflow |

Text overflow

The label’s TextOverflow property is used control whether to display the overflowed content in node or not.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content= "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                    // Sets the TextOverflow as Ellipsis for the content
                    TextOverflow = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.TextOverflow.Ellipsis
                },
                
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Appearance

  • You can change the font style of the annotations with the font specific properties (fontSize, fontFamily, color). The following code illustrates how to customize the appearance of the annotation.

  • The label’s bold, italic, and textDecoration properties are used to style the label’s text.

  • The label’s fill, strokeColor, and strokeWidth properties are used to define the background color and border color of the annotation and the opacity property is used to define the transparency of the annotations.

  • The visible property of the annotation enables or disables the visibility of annotation.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content = "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Bold = true,
                    Italic = true,
                    FontSize = 12,
                    FontFamily="TimesNewRoman",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                },
                
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

The fill, border, and opacity appearances of the text can also be customized with appearance specific properties of annotation. The following code illustrates how to customize background, opacity, and border of the annotation.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content = "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Constraints = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.AnnotationConstraints.ReadOnly,
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                },
                
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Interaction

Diagram allows annotation to be interacted by selecting, dragging, rotating, and resizing. Annotation interaction is disabled, by default. You can enable annotation interaction with the constraints property of annotation. You can also curtail the services of interaction by enabling either selecting, dragging, rotating, or resizing individually with the respective constraints property of annotation. The following code illustrates how to enable annotation interaction.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content = "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Constraints = Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams.AnnotationConstraints.ReadOnly,
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                },
                
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Edit

Diagram provides support to edit an annotation at runtime, either programmatically or interactively. By default, annotation is in view mode. But it can be brought to edit mode in two ways;

  • Programmatically By using startTextEdit method, edit the text through programmatically.

  • Interactively

    1. By double-clicking the annotation.
    2. By selecting the item and pressing the F2 key.

Double-clicking any annotation will enables editing and the node enables first annotation editing. When the focus of editor is lost, the annotation for the node is updated. When you double-click on the node/connector/diagram model, the doubleClick event gets triggered.

Read-only annotations

Diagram allows to create read-only annotations. You have to set the read-only property of annotation to enable/disable the read-only constraints. The following code illustrates how to enable read-only mode.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content = "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Bold = true,
                    Italic = true,
                    FontSize = 12,
                    FontFamily="TimesNewRoman",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                },
                
            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Drag Limit

  • The diagram control now supports defining the dragLimit to the label while dragging from the connector and also update the position to the nearest segment offset.

  • You can set the value to dragLimit left, right, top, and bottom properties which allow the dragging of connector labels to a certain limit based on the user defined values.

  • By default, drag limit will be disabled for the connector. It can be enabled by setting connector constraints as drag.

  • The following code illustrates how to set a dragLimit for connector annotations.

tagHelper
dragLimit.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" connectors="@ViewBag.connectors">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
             // Sets the Annotation for the Connector
            List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation> Connector1 = new List<DiagramConnectorAnnotation>();
            Connector1.Add(new DiagramConnectorAnnotation() {
                Content = "Connector1",
                // Sets the offset for the content
                Offset = 0,
                //Enables drag constraints for a connector.
                Constraints = AnnotationConstraints.Interaction | AnnotationConstraints.Drag,
                //Set drag limit for a connector annotation.
                dragLimit =  new DiagramMargin(){Left=20,Right=20,Top=20,Bottom=20}
             });

            List<DiagramConnector> Connectors = new List<DiagramConnector>();
            Connectors.Add(new DiagramConnector()
            {
                Id = "connector1",
                SourcePoint = new DiagramPoint() { X = 100, Y = 100 },
                TargetPoint = new DiagramPoint() { X = 200, Y = 200 },
                // add the Annotation for the Connector
                Annotations = Connector1
            });

            ViewBag.connectors = Connectors;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Multiple annotations

You can add any number of annotations to a node or connector. The following code illustrates how to add multiple annotations to a node.

tagHelper
annotation.cs
<ejs-diagram id="container" width="100%" height="700px" nodes="@ViewBag.nodes">
</ejs-diagram>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Diagrams;
namespace sample1.Controllers
{
    public class NodeController : Controller
    {
        // GET: Node
        public ActionResult Node()
        {
            // Sets the Annotation for the Node
            List<DiagramNode> Nodes = new List<DiagramNode>();
            List<DiagramNodeAnnotation> Node1 = new List<DiagramNodeAnnotation>();
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content = "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Offset = new DiagramPoint() { X=0,Y=0},
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                },
                
            });
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content = "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Offset = new DiagramPoint() { X = 0.5, Y = 0.5 },
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                },

            });
            Node1.Add(new DiagramNodeAnnotation()
            {
                Content = "Annotation Text Wrapping",
                Offset = new DiagramPoint() { X = 1, Y = 1 },
                Style = new DiagramTextStyle()
                {
                    Color = "black",
                    Fill = "transparent",
                },

            });
            Nodes.Add(new DefaultNode()
            {
                Id = "Node1",
                OffsetY = 100,
                OffsetX = 100,
                Height = 100,
                Width = 100,
                // add the Annotation for the Node
                Annotations = Node1,
            });
            ViewBag.nodes = Nodes;
            return View();
        }
    }
}

Constraints

The constraints property of annotation allows you to enable/disable certain annotation behaviours. For instance, you can disable annotation editing.