Changing the Overall Layout

Select Options ® Layout ® Change All. This calls up the Layout dialog box. This dialog box lets you set the various options for how the hierarchy is laid out in the display window.

All the other sub-options just let you loop through all possible values for given options in the Layout dialog box. For example, if you select the Next Rotation sub-option repeatedly, you get all successive values for the Tree Rotation option: up, left, down, right.

You can also use control-key combinations for the Layout sub-options.

Choosing the Tree Branching Type

The Tree Branching option determines how tree branching is drawn: that is, where under the parent the child nodes are listed. There are three options:

  • Balanced

This option centers the child nodes around the parent. The middle child appears directly beneath the parent, and the others are listed to either side. The hierarchy tree thus appears to have its "trunk" in the middle of the tree.

  • Unbalanced

The first child node appears directly under the parent. All other children are listed one cell to the right. This option thus causes the "trunk" of the tree to appear on the left, and all branches to expand in a rightwards direction from the trunk.

The following figure contains a hierarchy with an Unbalanced Tree Branching.

  • Dictionary

This option is just like the Unbalanced option, except each level deeper in the hierarchy is indented one half node further to the right. This option thus causes the "trunk" of the tree to zigzag from upper left to lower right.

  • Mixed mode

This option not yet available.

Choosing the Tree Rotation

The Tree Rotation option lets you rotate the hierarchy. The possible options are:

  • Up

The hierarchy is not turned at all.

  • Left

The hierarchy is turned on its side (counter-clockwise).

  • Down

The hierarchy is turned upside down.

  • Right

The hierarchy is turned on its side (clockwise).

Choosing the Hierarchy Display Size

The Tree Fit option allows you to choose one of two display sizes for the hierarchy:

  • Default

The hierarchy is displayed at the default size specified by SAP Hierarchy. This is the same default size you get by clicking on the Default button in the Node Size menu.

With this option, the entire hierarchy may not fit in the window. In this case, you have to scroll to see parts that don't fit.

  • All in one window

The hierarchy is re-sized to fit in one display window. This sub-option allows you to see the overall structure of the hierarchy, although node text may be unreadable at this size.

Both the Tree Fit option and the Node Size menu options alter the display size of the hierarchy. Whichever you set most recently is the one that takes effect.

Choosing the Line Type

The Line Type option allows you to choose one of two ways to draw lines between the node boxes:

  • Diagonal

Lines between parent and child nodes are diagonals. With this option, there are several line segments leaving the parent: one for each child.

  • Rectangular

Lines between parent and child nodes are made up of vertical and horizontal segments. With this option, there is one vertical segment leaving the parent. This segment connects to a horizontal, from which there hangs one vertical segment for each child.

Choosing the Coloring Method

The Coloring Method option allows you to choose how the hierarchy nodes are colored.

"Coloring method" refers to how colors fill the box, not to which color is used. The color actually used is determined by the display attribute currently active. See "Using the Display Attributes menu" earlier in this section for more information on display attributes.

The coloring methods available are the following:

  • Solid

The color fills the entire hierarchy node.

  • Lower half

The color fills only the lower half of each node.

  • Triangles

A colored triangle appears in the upper left corner of each node.

  • Circles

A colored circle appears on the left end of each node.

  • Reserved

This option is reserved for later use.

  • Ellipses

A colored ellipse appears in each node.

  • Multi-stripes

Multiple colors are displayed in the node: one color for each display attribute defined. Each display attribute contributes the color associated with its value in the node.

Thus, when three display attributes are defined, the node is colored as follows. The first value in the node dictates the color for the first display attribute. This color appears on the far left of the node. The second node value dictates the color from the second display attribute, and this color appears in the middle. The color from the third display attribute, as determined by the third value in the node, appears on the far right.

This option allows you to see the hierarchy colored according to all display attributes at once.

  • Custom stripes

This is a variation of the Multi-stripes option. It is not available with all hierarchies. Your input data must define a customized display of stripes. This option is just like the Multi-Stripe option, except that the choice and ordering of display attributes colors is specified in the input file. (See the Multi-stripes option for more information.)

The Custom stripes option, when turned on, activates the customized display. If you use this option but your input does not define this customized display, you automatically get the Multi-stripes option.

Choosing the Node Depth

The Node Depth option allows you to display the nodes with an illusion of depth.

  • Without depth

This value causes the nodes to look flat.

  • With depth

This value displays the nodes with shading around the sides so the nodes look three-dimensional. SAP Hierarchy can represent varying heights for nodes. These heights are assigned according to the nodes' numerical values. The smallest values appear almost flat, and the largest values are the tallest.

Choosing Node Naming Types

The Node Identification option allows you to choose how the name of the node is displayed. The following name types are possible:

  • By key

Hierarchy nodes have internal key names. These keys are the names used in the input to name the nodes to SAP Hierarchy. They do not necessarily have any explanatory meaning. The By key choice displays these internal names.

  • By text name

This choice displays the text names for the nodes.

  • By format

This option not yet available.