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Motif and CDE 2.1 Style Guide Reference
Options is a cascading choice that appears as a menu-bar item. It provides
access to other menu items that enable a user to customize an application.
When to Use
RecommendedProvide an Options menu-bar item in each window that allows the user to
tailor the appearance or behavior of the application.
RequiredProvide choices in the Options menu that are specific to the application
overall, not just to a particular view.
RequiredChanges resulting from choices made in the Options menu do not change the
underlying data being viewed.
RecommendedProvide choices in the Options menu that display dialogs through which the
user can set default application options, such as whether New and Open opens a
new window or replaces the contents of the current window.
RecommendedProvide choices in the Options menu (or in a dialog displayed via the
Options menu) through which the user can set a level of expertise. Allow these
settings to control the choices that appear in menus and the degree of
explanation and assistance that the application provides.
RequiredDo not use choices in the Options menu to set properties of objects or
elements; use a Properties choice instead.
Essential Related Topics
For more information, see the Menu Guidelines and Object reference
Supplemental Related Topics
For more information, see the Help (Menu/Action Choice) reference page.
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