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State groups

In J‑Graph, any state can be nested into another. Groups are the levels of the canvas that display states nested into other states.

Creating nested states

When you go to any theme, you only see its top level: the steps that are not nested in any other steps.

Script upper level

During script development, some states can be nested into others. These states are logically dependent on their parent state: for example, the bot may switch to children states only from their parent but cannot do so from other places in the script.

To apply nesting to…

A new stateAn existing state
When creating a state, enable the Nest into another state toggle and select the state that will become its parent.• Drag an existing state onto the one you want to nest it into, then confirm your action.
• Select a state, then click in the top right corner of the sidebar → Change nesting level and select the appropriate nesting level.
Creating a nested state
Dragging an existing state onto one that it should be nested into

Group display

After a nested state is created, the canvas will switch to the level of its group. Here the contents of the canvas will be different: all states from the previous nesting level will disappear, and only states within the group will be visible.

State group display

Groups can also be nested into one another: states within groups can be parents of other states. Up to 100 nesting levels are allowed in one script.

When developing complex scripts containing tens or hundreds of states, you should use groups rather than place all states on a single level. You will have an easier time maintaining the script, and J‑Graph’s performance will improve significantly because it won’t have to render all states at once.
  • To move from a group back to the level of its parent, select Move one level up at the top of the canvas.
  • To move up by any number of nesting levels, use the “breadcrumbs” above this button.
  • To move into a group, select on its parent state.

In any group, two additional elements are always present: Incoming links and Outgoing links. All links connecting the states from this group with those from others converge on them.

You can quickly navigate to all states with incoming and outgoing links by clicking next to the state name.