Color Coding the Inspector

CollectiveAccess supports the customization of both the look and feel of any cataloging interface. Assigning custom colors and icons to the Inspector window of any record type or record subtype can streamline workflow, as well as ensure clear differentiation and generate easy-to-identify parts of any Editor screen.

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A record’s Inspector window.

Unique colors can be assigned for the main Editors for record types which will extend to all subtypes in the system. Colors can also be assigned to the individual subtypes. If no custom color is assigned, the default color will automatically be assigned.

These changes can be made directly in the user interface of any CollectiveAccess system.

Customizing the Editor Inspector

Editor screen colors can be customized through the user interface. To customize the Inspector window in an editor screen:

  1. Navigate to Manage > Administration in the Global Navigation bar. This opens the list of available editor screens:

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  1. Open the Editor you wish to customize by selecting the page icon page on the far right of each available editor screen.

  1. Select the Color field. Select the Color box to open the color-picker tool, and use the arrows to choose the color.

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  1. Select any part of the screen to close the color picker tool.

  2. Select Save to save the changes made to the Editor.

  3. Navigate to the record’s inspector that was updated to view the new color.

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A record’s Inspector window with a custom color.

Customizing Screens within the Editor

Individual Screens within a record’s Editor can also be customized. To do so:

  1. Navigate to Manage > Administration in the Global Navigation bar. This opens the list of available editor screens.

  2. Open the Editor by selecting the same page icon page. The list of available screens which can be edited is displayed.

  1. Scroll down to the Screens field. Select the screen to be edited by selecting the same page icon page on the far right.

  1. Scroll to the Color field. Select the Color box to open the color-picker tool, and use the arrows to choose the color.

  2. Select any part of the screen to close the color-picker tool.

  3. Save the changes made to the Inspector.

  4. Navigate to the Editor screen in the record that was updated to view the new color.

Customizing the Inspector for Record Subtypes

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Customizing the Inspector for record subtypes allows for further differentiation between these subtypes. Although Subtypes are configurable and are therefore different for every CollectiveAccess installation, a general, hypothetical example is the Object subtype Paintings.

To customize the Inspector for the subtype Paintings:

  1. Navigate to Manage > Lists & Vocabularies in the Global Navigation bar. This opens the List Hierarchy viewer.

  2. Find the subtype list to use, and select the gray arrow > to open the List Item editor (for the example, Object Types > Paintings in the List Hierarchy viewer).

  3. Scroll down to the Color field. Select the color-picker tool, and choose a color.

  4. Scroll down to the Icon field.

  5. Save the changes made to the Inspector. After saving the Editor, the icon will appear next to this field.

Inspector Window Features

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The Inspector Window of a record in the CollectiveAccess Demonstration system. Note the icons below the record’s image.

In addition to configuring the Inspector Window, the Window itself also contains five icons from which various features are enabled:

  • eye Watch/Unwatch this Record. Selects Watched Items which appear in Manage/My Watched Items. To use a shortcut to view specific records, select the Eye icon, which then turns red.

  • arrows Change Record Type. Changes the record type, and discards any unnecessary metadata elements for the new type. This cannot be undone.

  • page Duplicate this Record. Duplicates the record, with controls that specify what exactly to duplicate.

  • house Set Home Location. Specifies a home location for the record, where the record is usually kept.

  • show See More Information About this Record. Collapses or expands the information relating to the record’s edit history, visible in the Inspector panel.