Steve,
        you can go to the Protel Yahoo group FAQ and there is a detailed
methodology for accomplishing this task that was designed by Abd ul-Rahman.
It involves placing two pads so close together that they are shorted because
the gap cannot be etched away. Then you have to do one rule which stops this
virtual short from causing violations. This methodology should at least tell
you how to accomplish your particular pattern using similar means.

URL:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/protel-users/files/protelfaq.html#work-arounds
search for the section titled "solder jumper and cut patterns" by Abd
ul-Rahman on 2000-08-21 01:53:22 PM

Brad Velander,
Lead PCB Designer,
Norsat International Inc.,
#300 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6G9.
Tel. (604) 292-9089 direct
Fax (604) 292-9010
website www.norsat.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 1:03 PM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: [PEDA] "Trace" jumpers generate DRC violations
> 
> 
> Protel is doing its job.  I'm looking for a better way to do my job.  
> 
> I have a footprint which performs as a jumper for me.  That 
> is, two pads 
> connected together by a trace.  My schematic symbol for this 
> part is two pins 
> with different numbers.  
> 
> When I run a DRC on the board, Protel sees these pins shorted by the 
> footprint and generates errors because the schematic doesn't 
> have the two 
> pins connected.  In fact, it generates Short Circuit and 
> Clearance Constraint 
> errors for each part.  I'm forced to sort through each of 
> these errors.  It 
> takes time and I risk the possibility of missing a real problem.
> 
> I considered wiring the two pins of my schematic symbol 
> together; however, 
> this wouldn't produce my desired result. I want to connect 
> the two points 
> through the footprint I created.  Further, if the connection 
> needs to be made 
> to a plane then Protel would automatically connected all the 
> points directly 
> to the plane.
> 
> Is there another option? or Do I just need to suck it up do a 
> good job 
> reviewing these connections manually?
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> Steve Allen
> Project Engineer
> Manufacturing Services, Inc.
> 
> 

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