A frame is an element that can contain other elements and optionally draw a border around them. Since a frame is a container of other elements, in the document outline view the frame is represented as a node containing other elements.

A frame can contain other frames, and so on recursively. To add an element to a frame, just drag the new element from the palette inside the frame. Alternatively, the user can use the outline view and drag elements from a band into the frame and so on. The position of an element is always relative to the container position.

If the container is a band, the element position is relative to the top of the band and to the left margin. If the container is a frame, the element coordinates are relative to the top left corner of the frame. Since an element dragged from a container to another does not change its top/left properties, when moving an element from a container to another its position is recalculated based on the new container location.

Advantages of using a frame:
• When the user moves a frame, all the elements contained in the frame move.
• While using a rectangle to overlap some elements, the elements inside the rectangle are not treated as if they overlap
• Finally, the frame automatically stretches according to its content, and the element position type property of its elements refer to the frame itself, not to the band, making the design a bit easier to manage.

 

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