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Motif and CDE 2.1 Style Guide Reference
Palette Area (Area)
A palette area is an area within a window that provides a place to store
commonly used groups of controls. A palette area may also be called a tool
area if it contains only tools.
Figure 46. Palette Area.
When to Use
RecommendedProvide a palette area when the user may want to interact frequently with
specific functional elements of the application. For example, provide a tool
palette area when a user may need to use various tools while interacting with
a graphical control.
RecommendedPlace palette area choices that are critical to the user's task in a
highly visible location near the viewing area or elements associated with the
RecommendedProvide a palette area to hold action choices when the user may issue one
of a small number of commands.
RequiredLay out the palette area as a control bar (for example, place it just
below the window's menu bar) if it can apply to all viewing areas in the
RequiredIf a palette area applies to only one viewing area in a window with
multiple viewing areas, place the palette area adjacent to the associated
RequiredIf a palette area is placed adjacent to its associated viewing area, place
it on only one side of the viewing area. Use two sides only when there is a
large number of critical action choices that must be placed in a logical
relationship to an associated fixed element in the view.
RecommendedIf a palette area is distributed over two sides of its associated viewing
area, use only one side in each dimension.
RequiredIf the user can customize a palette area or remove the action choices in a
palette area, use a menu to provide access to the removable choices.
RecommendedIf the user can customize a palette area and has removed all controls in
it, remove the palette area.
RecommendedAllow the user to customize the palette area by allowing drag and drop.
Essential Related Topics
For more information, see the Control, Pointer, and Value Set reference
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