Attach text to objects

Bug #171105 reported by Bug Importer on 2006-01-25
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Bug Description

I am using Inkscape to do Visio-like things: creating
nodes with text inside and linking these nodes with
arrows to indicate dependencies etc. Creating these
nodes is a bit lengthy and repetitive since I have to
create the text, the node (e.g. a rectangle), select
and align them and finaly group them if I have to move
them around for finding an optimal layout. By allowing
a text to be attached to an object (like the flow into
frame option). The flow into frame option is not very
usefull for this since I can only specify that the text
should be centered horizontally; I need vertical
centring also, and maybe right-click menu option like
"attach text to object"

Bug Importer (bug-importer) wrote :

I looked at the SVG 1.2 spec and saw no easy way in it.

Aside from the obvious of automatically grouping the object
and text together, it occures to me that attached text
could be handled the same way as connectors: Add an Inkscape
attribute whose value is the ID of the object the text is
attached to. Would also need attributes to describe the
relative placement of the text.

Since one of my own projects is a utility to generate
code from Inkscape diagrams, I would prefer the extra
attributes. This is a lot easier for discovering the

Mblackfire (mblackfire) wrote :

I like this idea, too.

Another reason to treat the attached text like a connector
endpoint, the problem I describe in feature request #1434292,
"option to not connect to text objects"

If auto-grouping were used, then the text and shape would
have to be in the same layer.

Of course, if #1434292 is implemented, then auto-grouping
would be ok.

nightrow (jb-benoit) on 2007-12-18
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
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