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This page is for authors and editors of the Protocase Designer wiki. For help with Designer features and procedures, including Technical Support, see the Help links on the Home page. For help with definitions of terms, see the Protocase Designer Glossary.

Glossary for Protocase Designer Wiki Editors

Term Usage Example
back AVOID. See rear N/A
back panel AVOID. See rear panel N/A
bottom Feature Use the view commands to view the bottom of your enclosure.
bottom panel Part Click the bottom panel to open the Face Editor.
bracket Part Click the bracket to open the Face Editor.
chassis Part Click the chassis to open the Face Editor.
color Parameter You can change the color of each Part.
New Assembly dialog box:
Color: Default
Color: Chassis
Color: Left/Right
Color: Top
Color: Bottom
Color: Front
Color: Rear
Color: Divider
colour AVOID. See color N/A
cover Part Click the cover to open the Face Editor.
default Parameter option Select the default color for your enclosure.
depth Parameter Enter the depth for your enclosure.
New Assembly dialog box:
Depth: Bottom
Depth: Top
Depth: Recessed
exclusion Feature. (AVOID "keepout".) Add an exclusion zone to the cutout to prevent other components from bumping into it.
extrusion Part Click the left extrusion to open the Face Editor.
face Feature You can draw features on the face using several drawing tools.
flange Part Select a color for the left flange.
flange mount Part Select a color for the flange mount.
front Feature Use the view commands to view the front of your enclosure.
front panel Part Click the front panel to open the Face Editor.
gauge Parameter. (AVOID "gage".) Select a gauge to use as the default thickness for your enclosure.
height Parameter Enter the default gauge for your enclosure.
New Assembly dialog box:
Height: Front
Height: Rear
Height: Recessed
left extrusion Part Click the left extrusion to open the Face Editor.
left panel Part Click the left panel to open the Face Editor.
material Parameter Select a material for your enclosure.
metal type AVOID. See material N/A
mounting hardware Part You can add mounting hardware to your enclosure.
panel Part Select a panel to open the Face Editor.
powder coat (also powder coating) Feature. (AVOID "powdercoat".)
rear Feature
rear panel Part
right extrusion Part Click the right extrusion to open the Face Editor.
right panel Part Click the right panel to open the Face Editor.
self-clinching fastener Part You can add self-clinching fasteners to your enclosure.
side Feature
silkscreen Feature You can add custom silkscreen to your enclosure.
style Parameter We build enclosures of all styles.
thickness Parameter Select a gauge to use as the default thickness for your enclosure.
New Assembly dialog box:
Thickness: Default
Thickness: Front
Thickness: Cover
Thickness: Chassis
Thickness: Rear
top Feature Use the view commands to view the top of your enclosure.
top panel Part Click the top panel to open the Face Editor.
type AVOID when used for enclosure. See style N/A
width Parameter Enter the width for your enclosure.

Protocase Customer-facing Email Addresses and Group References

Address General Term Usage Examples
Engineering & Design Services

NOTE: Nickname: For customers, no nickname or initials; always spell out in full. For internal use, "EDS" is OK.
Everything except orders/ordering or a specific software problem in progress "Please note: Fonts that appear smaller than Times New Roman and Myriad Pro may have to be enlarged to ensure proper white underbase. Please email for more information."

"Tighter tolerances are possible; if this is necessary, please email" Sales Specific orders or general questions about ordering Technical Support Designer questions, problems, and the debug log "This functionality does not work on previously corrupted files. If you want to use a previous file, first send it to; we will fix the Unicode issue and return the fixed file to you at no charge."

"If you have trouble importing a DXF file, please send it to and state that you cannot import it into Protocase Designer, and if possible let us know what software package it was created in."

Style Guide

The following styles and grammar rules are used in the Protocase Designer documentation. Most styles and rules are referenced directly from the Microsoft Manual of Style.

General Software Terms


  • Menus contain commands, not menu items.
  • Use choose to describe clicking a command from a menu. Use point to indicate clicking a submenu. Alternatively, use the symbol ">" to indicate a menu, submenu, and command string.
  • Use lowercase for the word menu when referring to a specific menu.
  • Refer to unavailable commands and options as unavailable, not as dimmed, disabled, or grayed, unless describing their appearance.
  • Always surround menu names with the words the and menu.
  • Bold menu names and commands.


In the File menu, choose Open.
Choose File > Open.
On the View menu, point to Sort by, and then click Date.
Choose View > Zoom In or View > Zoom Out, then click the face for each incremental zoom.


  • General toolbars contain buttons. The Drawing toolbar contains tools.

the and button with toolbar buttons.

  • Use lowercase for the word toolbar.
  • Bold toolbar names, buttons, and tools.


On the Standard toolbar, click New.
On the Drawing toolbar, select the Rectangle tool.

Check Boxes

  • Two words. Use the identifier, check box, not just box.
  • Use select and clear, NOT turn on and turn off, mark and unmark, check and uncheck, or select and deselect.
  • Always include check box with the label name.


Select the Spaces check box.
Click to clear the Bookmarks check box.

Mouse Terms

  • Use drag, not click and drag. The drag action includes holding down a button while moving the mouse and then releasing the button.
  • Use wheel button to refer to the wheel button, which can be both rotated and clicked.
  • Refer to the mouse pointer as the pointer.
  • Use click, not click on.


To see the Control menu, right-click anywhere in the window.
Click in the window to make it active.
Right-click the selected text, and then choose Copy.
Rotate the wheel button forward to scroll up in the document.

Title and heading style and conventions

  • Use gerunds in procedure titles.
  • Describe what the user wants to do in the user's language.


Drawing circles
Resetting the view


  1. Title: identify the task using gerund ("-ing" ending)
  2. Describe the task
    • One or two sentences
    • Explain when and why
    • Cross-reference to related tasks
  3. List prerequisites
  4. Highlight hazards
  5. Write the steps
    • Use clear, present tense imperatives
      • e.g. Set the starting time vs. Users should select a starting time
    • Keep sentences short
    • Make sure you can perform each step
    • Unless the procedure is explaining one specific task, write the best way, not every way (menus, buttons, etc.).

Image Naming Conventions

Screenshots: png files

  • button-editface.png
  • button-acceptclose.png
  • dialogbox-editproperties.png
  • dialogbox-showparts.png
  • tool-circle-construction.png
  • tool-edit.png
  • window-faceeditor-ushape-rear.png
  • window-main-rackmount-nocover.png

Sketches: jpg files

  • sketch-powersupply-pcb.jpg
  • sketch-mounting-dimensions-rear.jpg

Photos: jpg or png files

  • photo-fan-60mm.png
  • photo-powersupply.png