Eye masks consist of a set of regions or polygons that collectively express constraints on the waveforms generated by optical transmitters operating in controlled conditions. Virtually every industry standard on compliance testing for these transmitters defines a specific eye-mask. However, many test scenarios require the use of custom masks, in order to create more stringent tolerances or to emphasize specific waveform characteristics. Custom mask creation typically requires the direct specification of the component polygons, a process that is simple in concept, but also tedious and error-prone.

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