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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, or 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.Also, the information contained in a message displayed on a device is not technical even if it prompts the user to perform some specific action on the device.

However, when these features are combined with interaction steps or means or when they concern technical information (e.g. internal machine states), the examiner must check whether theythese features contribute to achievingare necessary for achieving a particular technical effect if, e.g.by enhancing the precision of an input device:

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

The technical effect achieved might be a more efficient man-machine interface.