Steve,
        I believe that you are giving up too easy, regardless of what
Brendon had said, I am sure that a variation of the virtual short will do
what you want. Use two pads which are narrow to make your shorting bar, use
fills, traces or anything else to make the rest of the pattern. Using the
netlist function to assign nets to attached copper and a design rule which
will allow for the very small (<0.1 mils) gap between the two pads on that
component, you should get exactly what you want. I don't know why I am
promoting this, where is Abd ul-Rahman on this issue, it is his pet issue.
        What Abd ul- Rahman does is probably not exactly what you want
aesthetically but the same principle can be used to cover off almost any
variation of a shorting pattern you want, 2 net, 3 net, 4 net shorts,
anything.

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 3:08 PM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] "Trace" jumpers generate DRC violations
> 
> 
> 
> In a message [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
> 
> >I have used these "shorted jumpers" before as hardwired 
> default components
> >(instead of 0R0 resistors) which allow the engineer to change the
> >configuration by removing the tracked short with a blade to open the
> >connection, and still allow a solder blob or component to 
> restore the short.
> 
> This is precisely what I wish to accomplish.
> 
> 
> >In short (no pun intended) whichever
> >direction you take will result in some compromise as it's 
> not the norm,
> >unless Protel decides to introduce special rules for the odd 
> strange uses we
> >impose on it.
> 
> This is really the bottom line.  There is no easy fix to eliminate my 
> "unnecessary" violations.  I'll deal with it.
> 
> 
> Steve Allen
> Project Engineer
> Manufacturing Services, Inc.

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