Ever feel like you spend most of your time getting a diagram’s layout right instead of its content?
Diagrams are great for visualizing concepts and systems. However, just being graphical in nature does not automatically make a diagram easy to understand. Its usefulness much rather depends on the placement of its elements, that is: on its layout. Getting the layout right is labour intensive and time consuming, so why not make algorithms do the work?
The Eclipse Layout Kernel (ELK) provides layout algorithms, as well as an infrastructure to connect them to diagram editors.
To get started using automatic layout, a developer usually only has to provide a transformation that produces an ElkGraph and applies the computed layout results back to his editor.
The Eclipse Layout Kernel consists of two parts:
The Eclipse Layout Kernel is aimed at tool developers that want to enhance their graphical editors and viewers by adding automatic layout functionality. If you're a user of such tools, there's a very high probability that simply installing the Eclipse Layout Kernel will not add automatic layout to the tool (at least not in a way that will be remotely helpful to you). Instead, ask the developers of your tool to look into integrating their tool with the Eclipse Layout Kernel.
The Eclipse Layout Kernel used to be the KIELER Infrastructure for Meta Layout (KIML) and was a part of the KIELER project.
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