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From Thomas DeWeese <Thomas.DeWe...@Kodak.com>
Subject Re: Rectangle links to other SVG-Document/Webpage
Date Mon, 13 Sep 2004 01:31:46 GMT
Gunmuc wrote:

> im using batik to draw several rectangles via graphics2D.
> now i would like to add a link to another html or svg document to the
> rectangle. if the user clicks on the rectangle, the other document
> should appear.
> how can this be done using batik?

    Well, it's not as easy as it might be.  Although I've thought
about it quite a bit and it isn't real clear how it could be made
lots easier (you have a fairly inherent disconnect between the
drawing code and the annotation code).  Perhaps something interesting
with rendering hints could be done (at least to add 'ids' or

    Anyway to get back to your question:

    The basic idea is to wrap the 'rect' elements in 'a' elements
with your link on them[1].  The most straight forward
way to do it is to repeatedly call 'getRoot'.  So you would
call 'getRoot' passing in SVG element of your document before
you draw the rectangles you want the anchor on, this will
add all the content up to that point to your document, then
create an 'a' element (using createElementNS), add that to
your document (appendChild), then draw your rectangles,
then call 'getRoot' again only this time with your 'a' element.
Repeat as needed.

[1]   Note that squiggle only handles SVG, so you can't link
directly to HTML and expect squiggle to do anything.  There are
methods on the Batik User agent you can use to tap into the
opening of links.  But I would guess you are trying to generate
SVG for consumption by something like the Adobe SVG Viewer.

    There is another note that says how to do this with scripting
which can have advantages but I think in this case you are looking
for a fairly simple anchor.

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