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Motif and CDE 2.1 Style Guide Reference
An object is an element that visually represents something having behavior,
contents, or both, not solely revealed by the visual representation. Objects
are often represented as icons, but may be represented in other ways as well,
for example, as list items. Objects generally have pop-up menus associated
with them and can be used as the source of drag-and-drop operations.
When to Use
RecommendedUse objects as part of an object-oriented methodology to allow users to
most naturally perform a task.
RequiredIn the pop-up menu associated with an object, provide access to the
actions the user will need to perform with the task.
RequiredMake the default action of an object be the action the user is most likely
to want to perform with the task.
RequiredAllow a user to change the default action of an object.
RequiredMake a default action open a window that displays a view of the object
(showing its contents), present an accessible user interface, or both. This is
not required if the object is best presented in a nonvisual medium (for
example, it contains audio and its default action is Play).
RequiredAllow an object to be named or otherwise identified uniquely within a
scope that contains multiple objects.
RequiredIf the default action opens a view on an object, and the view is already
open, use properties that the user can set to determine whether to do one of
Surface the view (recommended by default)
Open a new view on the object
RequiredWhen the user opens a view of an object, do not remove the icon from which
the view was opened.
RecommendedWhen the user opens a view of an object, display in-use emphasis on the
icon for the object. If multiple icons identify the same object, provide
in-use emphasis on all of them.
RecommendedIf an object can be viewed in multiple ways, allow the user to specify a
default view for each object.
RecommendedAllow the user to open multiple windows, each of which displays a
different view of an object.
RecommendedAllow the user to open multiple windows that contain the same view of an
RecommendedWhen the user opens a view of an object, and the object is currently in
use, use properties that the user can set to determine when changes made in
one view are visible in another view.
Supplemental Related Topics
For more information, see the Data Transfer, Drag and Drop Transfer,
Icon, Pop-Up Menu, and View reference pages.
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