Glossary

myMap from A to Z—or rather A to X, that is.

A number of terms regarding myMap have evolved over time. Find all definitions below.

A B C D E F H I K L M O P R S T V X

A

Adjustment Handle • Anfasser DE
Small box shown at the edges and in the corners of a selected Image used to change the size of the image. ➜ also Control Point

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B

Binding • Bindung DE
Layout Binding
Boolean
Truth value (“yes” or “no”) used as a Data Type for a Custom Property
Brainstorming
Method for finding ideas, invented in 1939 by Alex Faickney Osborn; two steps: finding ideas, evaluating ideas. Refined in myMap to the Knowledge Chain
Branch • Ast DE
First-level topic of a subject (“Branch” and “Main Branch” are synonymous). A branch is always directly subordinate to the Map Center. Items subordinate to a branch are called Twig. Branches must always be placed manually, twigs can be arranged automatically
Branch Line • Astlinie DE
Graphical element connecting a Map Object to its superordinate object (i. e. Branches to the Map Center and Twigs to a Branch). Visualizes the Tree Structure of the Map

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C

Center • Mittelpunkt DE
Map Center
Class Hierarchy • Klassenhierarchie DE
Composition of Custom Properties in a Map, created using Definition and Inheritance
Clip Art • Clip-Art DE
Ready-made imagery that can be used for illustrative purposes in your Map
Connector • Querverbindung DE
Line connecting two other Map Objects, visualizing a semantic relationship
Content Pane • Inhaltsbereich DE
The large, initially blank area of the myMap window used to display and edit the Map
Context Menu • Kontextmenü DE
Menu with situation-dependent commands displayed when right-clicking an object in the Content Pane
Control Point • Kontrollpunkt DE
Small box shown near a selected Connector used to adjust the shape of the Bézier curve. ➜ also Adjustment Handle
Custom Class • Benutzerdefinierte Klasse DE
Entirety of all attributes added to a Map Object as Custom Properties. Each Twig can inherit the attributes of the superordinate Map Object or opt out. ➜ Inheritance
Custom Property • Benutzerdefinierte Eigenschaft DE
Storage of an arbitrary attribute, assigned to a Map Object. A Map Object can have no, one ore more Custom Properties. Each property can take any Property Value

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D

Data Type • Datentyp DE
Documentation which kind of data is expected for a Custom Property in myMap. ➜ String, Hyperlink, Float, Integer, Percent, Boolean, DateTime, TimeSpan
DateTime
Date, time or combination of both used as a Data Type for a Custom Property
Definition
Process where a Custom Property is being added to a Map Object. ➜ Custom Class, Inheritance, Class Hierarchy
Drag and Drop • Drag-and-Drop DE
Visual method for changing layout and/or structure of Maps by moving Map Objects using the mouse cursor

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E

Executive Information System (EIS)
System aggregating, processing and presenting information to management about the state of affairs—regarding internal and external environments of business—in a suitable form

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F

Favorites • Favoriten DE
User-maintained list of frequently used Maps. These are shown in Map Manager for quick access
Float
Number with optional decimal places used as a Data Type for a Custom Property
Free Text • Freitext DE
Map Object connected semantically and structurewise—but not via a Branch Line—with the superordinate Map Object
Full Screen Mode • Vollbildmodus DE
Special display layout maximizing available space for the Content Pane

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H

Hyperlink
Reference in a Map to another document (e. g. word processing file, spreadsheet, image file). Also used as a Data Type for a Custom Property

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I

iiXML
XML format myMap uses for storing Map documents
Image • Grafik DE
Illustration created outside myMap and added into a Map
Inheritance • Vererbung DE
Application of custom properties defined in a parent map object. ➜ also Definition, Property, Class Hierarchy, Custom Class
Integer
Number without decimal places used as a Data Type for a Custom Property

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K

Knowledge Chain • Wissenskette DE
Steps of generating ideas as an ordered series of activities: brainstorming, organizing, sharing ideas
Knowledge Management System (KMS)
Software system for storing, organizing and sharing information; facilitates creation of knowledge ready to use out of simple information. ➜ Knowledge Chain

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L

Layout Binding • Layoutbindung DE
Automatic relocation of subordinate objects as the parent, binding Map object is moved. Useful in particular for Free Text and Images
Link
Hyperlink

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M

Main Branch • Hauptast DE
Branch
Map
Basic information container in myMap
Map Center • Map-Mittelpunkt DE
Each Map contains exactly one Map Center. All other Map Objects are directly or indirectly subordinate to the Map Center
Map Manager
Tab with commands for quick retrieval of Maps
Map Object • Map-Objekt DE
Any component of a Map. ➜ Map Center, Branch, Twig, Free Text, Image, Connector
Map Template • Map-Vorlage DE
Sample document that can be used as a starting point for new Map documents
Mapping
Visual representation of knowledge—information and its interconnections—in a drawing
Meta Data • Metadaten DE
Additional information about a map, such as the name of the author and the last editor

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O

Object • Objekt DE
Map Object

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P

Percent
Number without decimal places interpreted as a percentage and used as a Data Type for a Custom Property
Property • Eigenschaft DE
Built-in (e. g. “Font”) or custom (e. g. “Fuel Consumption”) attribute taking a Property Value that describes a Map Object. ➜ Custom Property
Property Value • Eigenschaftwert DE
Specific value of a Property, e. g. “Helvetica” for “Font”, “45 MPG” for “Fuel Consumption”. Has a Data Type that is set during Definition

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R

Recycle Bin • Papierkorb DE
Temporary storage in a Map where deleted Map Objects are held. They can then be permanently deleted or restored

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S

Sibling Object • Geschwisterobjekt DE
Map Object belonging to the same superordinate (or “parent”) object
String
Unicode Text used as a Data Type for a Custom Property
Style Template • Stilvorlage DE
Prototype settings for Map Object font formatting and branch line/underline/highlighter colors
Sub-Branch • Unterzweig DE
Twig

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T

Target Object • Zielobjekt DE
Target which receives the dropped object in a Drag and Drop operation. An object is made target by moving the mouse cursor over it while dragging
Task Pane • Aufgabenbereich DE
Right portion of the myMap main window containing context-specific editing options. There are multiple Task Panes which can be opened exclusively
TimeSpan
Time interval used as a Data Type for a Custom Property
Tree Structure • Baumstruktur DE
Hierarchical topology of a document. Semantic relationships are modeled by unambiguous super- and subordination.
Trust License • Vertrauenslizenz DE
Licensing model allowing you to use a single myMap license on any number of PCs or for any number of users
Twig • Zweig DE
Topic subordinate to a Branch or to another twig (“Twig” and “Sub-Branch” are synonymous). Branches must always be placed manually, twigs can be arranged automatically

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V

Validation • Validierung DE
XSD
Viewer
Without license number, myMap (PC) allows opening Maps in “Viewer” mode. It is not possible to save, print or export

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X

XML
Universal file format (Extensible Markup Language) of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). ➜ iiXML, EMM
XML Schema • XML-Schema DE
XSD
XSD
XML Schema Definition: File defining the structure, content and semantics of XML documents; allows for checking whether an XML file is OK (Validation)

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