Color Coding the Inspector

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[Valid for v1.3]

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CollectiveAccess 1.0 allows you to customize the look and feel of your cataloging interface by assigning your own colors and icons to the Inspector window. You can change these settings at will using the online user interface.

You can choose to assign a color for the main Editors- they will extend to all of the subtypes. Or, you can also assign colors to the individual subtypes. If there is no color assigned to a subtype, it will revert to the color you assigned to the main editor (or the default color).

Customizing the Editor Inspector

Navigate to Manage > Administration in the Global Navigation bar. This opens the list of available Editors. Open the Editor you wish to customize.

Scroll down to the "Color" field. Click the Color box to open the color-picker and use the arrows to choose the Color you wish to use. Click another part of the screen to close the color-picker. After saving your Editor, the icon will appear next to this field.

You also have the option of customizing individual Screens within the Editor, if you prefer. When you open the Editor (as above) the list of available screens are listed at the bottom of the page. Click the "Edit" icon next to the Screen you wish to customize and pick a color/icon as you did above.

Your new color and icon will appear any time you access this Editor. If you would like to differentiate between the record subtypes, follow the next set of instructions.

Customizing the Inspector for Subtypes

Subtypes are different for every installation. For this example, we'll customize the hypothetical Object subtype "Paintings."

Navigate to Manage > Lists & Vocabularies in the Global Navigation bar. This opens the List Hierarchy viewer. Find the subtype list that you'll be using and click the gray arrow to open the List Item editor (for the example, we'll navigate to Object Types > Paintings in the List Hierarchy viewer).

In this List Item editor, scroll down to the "Color" and "Icon" fields. Click the Color box to open the color-picker and use the arrows to choose the Color you wish to use. Click another part of the screen to close the color-picker. You may upload an icon by using the filebrowser. After saving your Editor, the icon will appear next to this field.

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