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3.7.1 User interfaces

Features concerning the graphic design of user interfaces do not have a technical effect, because their design is not based on technical considerations, but on general intellectual considerations as to which design is particularly appealing to a user.

For example, the colour, shape, size, layout, arrangement of items on the screen or the information content of a message displayed is usually not a technical aspect of a graphical user interface.

However, the examiner must check whether these features contribute to achieving a particular technical effect if, e.g.:

they are combined with steps of or means for interacting with a user or 
they concern technical information (e.g. internal machine states).