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Map widgets


    1  Map widgets architecture
       1.1  Horizontal map architecture
          1.1.1  A661_MAPHORZ widget
          1.1.2  A661_MAPHORZ_SOURCE widget
          1.1.3  A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widget
          1.1.4  A661_MAPHORZ_CONTAINER widget
          1.1.5  A661_MAPHORZ_PANEL widget
       1.2  Vertical map architecture
          1.2.1  A661_MAPVERT widget
          1.2.2  A661_MAPVERT_SOURCE widget
          1.2.3  A661_MAPVERT_ITEMLIST widget
          1.2.4  A661_MAPVERT_CONTAINER widget
          1.2.5  A661_MAPVERT_PANEL widget
    2  MapItems
    3  Runtime communication
    4  Usage in Connectors
    5  J661 implementation
    6  See also

The concepts used by the ARINC 661 standard are close to those used in User interface markup languages. However, The standard allows to use some kinds of widgets which are not managed by other UI languages. Map widgets are widgets which allow to manage digital maps, with mission−specific runtime overlays such as Flight Plans, Radar plots and targets, etc...

Map widgets architecture

There are two kinds of Map widgets hierarchy: These two hierarchies are very similar, so we can explain how they work with the example of the horizontal map:

Horizontal map architecture


A661_MAPHORZ widget

The A661_MAPHORZ widget stores the position and size of the Map on the Layer, but it also maintain the characteristics of the Map center (center of the Map in world coordinates and corresponding position on the screen) and the scale. It also defines the position of the reference point for the projection which is the point which will be used to position elements in the Map. For example, it is possible to position the elements by reference to the aircraft, but centering the Map on another point.

A661_MAPHORZ_SOURCE widget

It is possible to put any number of A661_MAPHORZ_SOURCE widgets under a A661_MAPHORZ widget. A A661_MAPHORZ_SOURCE widget defines a projection system (defined in the MapDataFormat property) for all elements which will be defined under it. For example, Map sources defined in Latitude/Longitude will have the A661_MDF_LAT_LONG format. Those defined in Bearing/Distance will have the A661_MDF_BRG_DIST_ACHDG format.

A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widget

The A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widget does not maintain any Map element by itself. They are defined in children widget called A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST. Any number of A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widgets can be defined under a A661_MAPHORZ_SOURCE. A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widgets maintain lists of Map elements called MapItems. MapItems are only defined and modified at runtime.

A661_MAPHORZ_CONTAINER widget

A A661_MAPHORZ_CONTAINER widget is a container which allows to position and scale non interactive widgets in a horizontal Map using real world coordinates. This widget must be a child of a A661_MAPHORZ_SOURCE widget.

A661_MAPHORZ_PANEL widget

A A661_MAPHORZ_PANEL widget is a container which allows to position widgets in a horizontal Map using real world coordinates. This widget must be a child of a A661_MAPHORZ_SOURCE widget. It allows for example to show a Popup window on a MapItem or a real−world point selected by the user.

Vertical map architecture

Contrary to MapHorz widgets, for a vertical Map the scale on the horizontal axis is different from the scale on the vertical axis.

A661_MAPVERT widget

The A661_MAPVERT widget stores the position and size of the Map on the Layer, but it also maintain the characteristics of the Map reference (center of the Map in world coordinates and corresponding position on the screen) and the scale.

A661_MAPVERT_SOURCE widget

It is possible to put any number of A661_MAPVERT_SOURCE widgets under a A661_MAPVERT widget. A A661_MAPVERT_SOURCE widget defines a projection system (defined in the X and Y MapDataFormat properties) for all elements which will be defined under it.

A661_MAPVERT_ITEMLIST widget

The A661_MAPVERT_ITEMLIST widget does not maintain any Map element by itself. They are defined in children widget called A661_MAPVERT_ITEMLIST Any number of A661_MAPVERT_ITEMLIST widgets can be defined under a A661_MAPVERT_SOURCE.

A661_MAPVERT_CONTAINER widget

A A661_MAPVERT_CONTAINER widget is a container which allows to position non interactive widgets widgets in a vertical Map using real world coordinates. This widget must be a child of a A661_MAPVERT_SOURCE widget. It allows for example to show a Popup window on a MapItem or a real−world point selected by the user.

A661_MAPVERT_PANEL widget

A A661_MAPVERT_PANEL widget is a container which allows to position widgets in a vertical Map using real world coordinates. This widget must be a child of a A661_MAPVERT_SOURCE widget. It allows for example to show a Popup window on a MapItem or a real−world point selected by the user.

MapItems

MapItems are not widgets, but elements defined within a A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widget. There is only one runtime message defined for the A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widget, which allows to send modifications of the list currently managed by this A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST.
See MapItems.

Runtime communication

The list managed by the A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widget is managed by a SetParameter message managing the Buffer Of MapItems stored in the A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST. Each elements in the Buffer Structure contains a header and a content:

Usage in Connectors

As for many other container widgets, it is possible to put a Connector widget under a A661_MAPHORZ or A661_MAPVERT widget. This allows to use the same list of MapItems (managed by a A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST or A661_MAPVERT_ITEMLIST) on two different Maps, which means: In the following example, Two A661_MAPHORZ widgets are used to present the same list of MapItems (managed by the same A661_MAPHORZ_ITEMLIST widget) in two different windows in the cockpit:

J661 implementation

The Server manage natively map widgets. However, the renderers for the MapItems for both the Swing and JavaFX UI framework are not present in the Swing or JavaFX Server implementations and must be added as an extension. See MapItems extension.

See Also


Category: maps Category: arinc661 Category: user

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