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Help Customers Buy Clothing that Fits their Avatars

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[update April 18, 2014] Thanks to those who have provided feedback on our Knowledge Base Article and icons. We have added examples to the documentation and have updated the icons to no longer use copyrighted materials. If you have additional suggestions or corrections for our the article, please add them to BUG-5778.

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As Second Life has evolved, so have the avatars that inhabit the virtual world. With the introduction of fitted mesh technology for avatars, it has become more complicated to determine whether or not a piece of clothing will display properly on your own avatar.

In order to make this easier for shoppers, we have worked with Second Life content creators to define a way to clearly communicate this to customers. We have arrived at a scheme that can be used for inworld sales as well as those on the Marketplace and ask that Merchants standardize on this model, and we are providing icons for use in both locations.

This scheme defines and provides icons for three types of avatars:

  • Classic avatar: original default (non-mesh) Second Life avatars.

  • Standard mesh avatar: a classic avatar wearing a rigged mesh attachment, created using the standard fitted mesh model.

  • Custom/branded avatar: an avatar of either type (i.e. that does or does not use mesh) that is a custom size or shape, requiring custom-made clothing to fit it. A brand name for the shape will help users easily identify which clothing fits which custom avatar.

By using these standard terms and icons, both avatar and clothing creators can make it easy for their customers to understand which clothing will work best with their avatars.

For more information on this model and how to use it, as well as downloadable icons, please see the Knowledge Base article.

We’d like to thank the content creators who provided us feedback on this project.

 

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