UIGraphics : Specifications : GraphicTypes

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The Eclipse style graphics have been categorized into separate types so that each can be optimized for its specific location. The majority of interface graphics are 16 x 16 pixels in size, though there are some graphic types that come in additional or unconventional sizes suited specifically to their use. Details on size and placement of the image see the next subsection on Icon Size & Placement. The following graphic types are described below:

Contents

Icons

Spec type icon.gif


Product

Description: The Product icon, also known as the Application icon, represents the branding of the product and is always located on the far left of the window title bar before the perspective, document, and product name. These icons are also used to launch the product from the menu or from a desktop or treeview shortcut, and as product identifiers in the About screen. Since these icons are intended for use in specific places, they are not meant for use on toolbars or in the user interface in general.

Example:

Spec type icon.gif


Perspective

Description: Perspective icons represent different working environments called "Perspectives". Each perspective is a set of views and content editors with a layout conducive to the tasks associated with that environment. The perspective icons allow the user to quickly switch between different opened perspectives. By default, these icons are located in the top right of the user interface to the right of the main toolbar, and have a horizontal orientation. They can also be docked on the top left just below the toolbar, keeping a horizontal orientation, or on the left of the navigator view with a vertical orientation.

Example:

Spec type persp.gif

Type: View

Folder name: view16

Size: 16 x 16 pixels

Format: GIF


Fast View

Description: Fast View icons allow users to quickly display different views that have been created as fast views. These icons are by default located in the bottom left of the user interface and have a horizontal orientation. They can also be docked with a vertical orientation on the left of the navigator view, or on the far right of the user interface.

Example:

Spec type fastview.gif

Type: View

Folder name: view16

Size: 16 x 16 pixels Format: GIF