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Managing Object Coding, Lineweights, And Plotstyles In AutoCAD 2000

By Barrie Mathews

From the years of experience using CAD and all of the talk of late in trade media, the importance of standards is becoming ever more apparent to managers and business owners. The development of consistent standards and practices enables power and spawns exponential growth in production and capability. Along with the development comes more capability and more data, but more standards to be managed. In order to manage, you must classify. Through classification, you break down complexity into manageable components. In CAD, classified components become objects that can be managed effectively. More and more characteristics (data) can be added to objects making them more manageable. Once manageable, they can be programmed to interact according to predictable rules of behaviour using intelligence like a brain does, and hence we have intelligent objects just like intelligent people.

The trick is to apply the right balance between power and flexibility, and leave open ways in which less predictable requirements can be addressed when they arise. Standards must also be dynamic and be allowed to continue evolving. They cannot become so intrenched that they stifle ingenuity and stop technological advances from being implemented. Standards must be changed over time and be maintained in step with technological advance, tempered for local requirements.

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