An element describes one or more image objects, such as separators, static text, pictures, etc. An element contains information about the type of the object, its geometrical features, its likely location, and relationships with other objects. The program uses the properties of an element to look for the object it describes and determines a region for the object. A region is made up of one or more rectangles enclosing the object. Next the program uses the detected objects to locate blocks.
Elements fall into simple (Static Text, Separator, White Gap, Barcode, Character String, Paragraph, Object Collection, Date, Phone, Named Entity, Currency, Region, which do not contain any other elements, and compound (Group, Repeating Group, First Found, Labeled Field, Header,Footer). You can convert elements of one type into elements of another type but you cannot convert compound elements into simple elements or vice versa. A Table element is neither simple nor compound and cannot be converted into an element of any other type. To convert an element, select the Convert To command on its shortcut menu.
An element may be displayed differently depending on its properties:
- disabled elements are shown in gray
- required elements are marked with green checks
- prohibited elements are marked with red checks
Elements are joined together to form layout alternatives. In the project tree, each layout alternative is marked with .
Creating and deleting elements
An overview of element properties