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Motif and CDE 2.1 Style Guide Reference
Viewing Area (Control)
A viewing area is a control or group of controls used to display the data
or information viewed in a window.
When to Use
RequiredProvide a viewing area when a window is used to display user-provided or
specified application-interpreted information. For example, text from a text
file would be shown in the viewing area of a word-processing application.
RequiredIf a window contains multiple viewing areas, and the user makes a choice
that can apply to more than one view, apply it to the area that has focus. If
no area has focus, then apply the choice to the area that has interacted
emphasis. Otherwise, issue a warning signal.
RequiredProvide at least one viewing area in every primary window.
RequiredPlace the viewing areas below the status area and menu bar and above the
information area and command area.
RequiredSupport both horizontal and vertical scrolling in each viewing area.
RecommendedIf more than one viewing area is to be displayed in a window, display them
in panes of a paned box.
RecommendedIf more than one viewing area is to be displayed in a window, and some of
them can be scrolled, support coordinated scrolling when appropriate.
RecommendedWhen displaying a new instance of a view that contains a selection scope
(for example, a new window or a split view), place the cursor in the same
place in the new view selection scope as in the view it was derived from.
RecommendedSupport preferred discrete sizes or size increments for the viewing area
if the element displayed in the viewing area has preferred discrete sizes or
RecommendedIf the contents of a view can be scaled when the size of the viewing area
is changed, provide an option to specify whether to scale or clip the contents
of the view.
Essential Related Topics
For more information, see the Client Area and View reference pages.
Supplemental Related Topics
For more information, see the View Menu and Workspace reference pages.
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