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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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";
let diagramInstance: DiagramComponent;

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the Annotation for the Node
    annotations: [{
        // Sets the text to be displayed
        content: 'Annotation'
    }]
}];

let connector: connectorModel[] = [{
    sourcePoint: {
        x: 300,
        y: 100
    },
    targetPoint: {
        x: 400,
        y: 300
    },
    type: 'Orthogonal',
    style: {
        strokeColor: '#6BA5D7'
    },
    // Sets the Annotation for the Connector
    annotations: [{
        // Sets the text to be displayed
        content: 'Annotation'
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        connectors = {
            connector
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    NodeModel,
    DiagramComponent,
    ShapeAnnotationModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 250,
    offsetY: 250,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
}];
let diagramInstance: DiagramComponent;

let annotation: ShapeAnnotationModel[] = [{
    id: 'label1',
    content: 'Annotation'
}];

// initialize Diagram component
ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram" ref={diagram => (diagramInstance = diagram)}
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        created = {
            () => {
                //Method to add labels at run time
                diagramInstance.addLabels(diagramInstance.nodes[0], annotation);
                diagramInstance.dataBind();
            }
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
    ShapeAnnotationModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

let diagramInstance: DiagramComponent;

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 250,
    offsetY: 250,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation'
    }]
}];
// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent
        id = "diagram"
        ref={diagram => (diagramInstance = diagram)}
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        created = {
            () => {
                 diagramInstance.nodes[0].annotations[0].content = 'Updated Annotation';
                //Method to update the annotation at run time
                diagramInstance.dataBind();
            }
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
    ShapeAnnotationModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

let diagramInstance: DiagramComponent;

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 250,
    offsetY: 250,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation'
    }]
}];
// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( < DiagramComponent id = "diagram" ref={diagram => diagramInstance = diagram}
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );
                 diagramInstance.nodes[0].annotations[0].content = 'Updated Annotation';
                //Method to update the annotation at run time
                diagramInstance.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).

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
    ShapeAnnotationModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 250,
    offsetY: 250,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        // Sets the content for the annotation
        content: 'Annotation',
        //Sets the offset for the content
        offset: {
            x: 0,
            y: 1
        }
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
    ShapeAnnotationModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 250,
    offsetY: 250,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation',
        // Sets the horizontal alignment as left
        horizontalAlignment: 'Left',
        // Sets the vertical alignment as Center
        verticalAlignment: 'Center'
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Task1'
    }]
}, {
    id: 'node2',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 300,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Task2'
    }]
}];

let connector: connectorModel[] = [{
    sourceID: 'node1',
    targetID: 'node2',
    type: 'Orthogonal',
    style: {
        strokeColor: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeWidth: 2
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the connector
    annotations: [{
        content: '0',
        // Sets the offset for the content
        offset: 0
    }, {
        content: '1',
        // Sets the offset for the content
        offset: 1
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        connectors = {
            connector
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.

let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the connector
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Task1',
        // Sets the margin for the content
        margin: {
            top: 10
        },
        horizontalAlignment: 'Center',
        verticalAlignment: 'Top',
        offset: {
            x: 0.5,
            y: 1
        }
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.

let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the NOde
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Text align is set as Left',
        // Sets the textAlign as left for the content
        style: {
            textAlign: 'Left'
        }
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.

let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the Node
    annotations: [{
        hyperlink: {
            link: 'https://hr.syncfusion.com/home'
        }
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    //Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation Text Wrapping',
        // Sets the style for the text wrapping
        style: {
            textWrapping: 'Wrap'
        }
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );
Value Description Image
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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation Text',
        // Sets the style for the text to be displayed
        style: {
            textOverflow: 'Ellipsis'
        }
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation Text',
        // Sets the style for the text to be displayed
        style: {
            color: 'black',
            bold: true,
            italic: true,
            fontSize: '12',
            fontFamily: 'TimesNewRoman'
        }
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation Text',
        style: {
            color: 'black',
            fill: 'white',
            opacity: 0.7,
            strokeColor: 'black',
            strokeWidth: 2
        }
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
    AnnotationConstraints
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation Text',
        //Sets the constraints as Interaction
        constraints: AnnotationConstraints.Interaction
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
    AnnotationConstraints
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Annotation Text',
        //Sets the constraints as Read only
        constraints: AnnotationConstraints.ReadOnly
    }]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

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.

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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
    AnnotationConstraints
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";

// A node is created and stored in nodes array.
let node: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node1',
    // Position of the node
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    // Size of the node
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    style: {
        fill: '#6BA5D7',
        strokeColor: 'white'
    },
    // Sets the multiple annotation for the node
    annotations: [{
            content: 'Left',
            offset: {
                x: 0.12,
                y: 0.1
            }
        },
        {
            content: 'Center',
            offset: {
                x: 0.5,
                y: 0.5
            }
        },
        {
            content: 'Right',
            offset: {
                x: 0.82,
                y: 0.9
            }
        }
    ]
}];

// initialize Diagram component

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"
        width = {
            '100%'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Add node
        nodes = {
            node
        }
        // render initialized Diagram
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

Constraints

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