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Motif and CDE 2.1 Style Guide Reference
New (Action Choice)
New is an action or dialog choice that creates a new file or object of the
type that an application uses. When chosen from the File menu, the newly
created file or object is displayed as well.
RequiredThe New choice in the File menu either replaces the contents of the
current window or opens a new window (which is recommended).
RequiredWhen the user chooses New from the File menu, and the contents of the
window are to be replaced, prompt the user with a message to save the window
contents if possible.
RecommendedAllow the user to set a property to determine whether New reuses the
current window or opens a new window.
RequiredThe New choice in the Selected menu creates a new object of the single
type managed and displayed by the application, and includes it in the
selection scope displayed within the window.
RequiredWhen the user chooses New from the Selected menu, give the newly created
object a default name that does not conflict with the name of an existing
object and allow the user to change the name.
OptionalIf your application allows the user to create multiple types of objects,
allow New to be used in the Selected menu as a cascading choice that displays
a menu of the types of objects that can be created.
Essential Related Topics
For more information, see the File Menu, Selected Menu, and Window
Title reference pages.
Supplemental Related Topics
For more information, see the Menu Guidelines and Save/Save As (Action
Choice) reference pages.
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