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This is a beginning of an Inkscape glossary. Please respect it and contribute to it if you work on Inkscape UI. If you are doing translations, please create and link below a similar glossary for your language.
- Node: a point on a path that you can drag. It is displayed as gray (when not selected) or blue (when selected) square on a path when you are in node tool. Shapes do not display nodes; they have handles. A node may also have one or two handles - these are the small circles connected to the node to adjust bezier tangents.
- Handle: 1) one of two points around a node, displayed (for selected nodes) as a circle connected with its node by a line (node handles); 2) the arrows around the selected object in selector (scale handles, rotation handles); 3) points on a shape that can be dragged by node tool to edit the shape, displayed as small white diamonds (shape handles). (Internally this is called a Knot, but this is a deprecated term in user documentation.)
- Path: an object that has editable nodes but does not have controls (when in node editor). An example is a line created by the freehand tool.
- Shape: an object that does not display nodes but may have controls. An example is a circle or star. A shape can be converted to path by Convert to Path command.
- Stroke: a visible outline of a shape or path. Not the same as path; a path may or may not have a stroke. If the stroke is present, it can be converted to path by Convert Stroke to Path command.
- Stroke shape (to be implemented): the dependency of the stroke width on distance along the stroke. Currently only constant-width strokes are supported.
- Stroke pattern (to be implemented): the representation of a stroke as a sequence of arbitrary objects positioned along the path.
- Object: an independent editable thing on the canvas. May be a path, a shape, a text object, a group, etc.
- Deprecated terms: these are for the code only. Never use them in user documentation.
- knot (this may be a "handle", "control", "node" etc as seen by the user)
- item (use "object")
- desktop (use "canvas" or "document window" depending on context)
- event contexts (they are known to users as "tools")