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In Tinderbox outlines, prototypes are distinguished by a subtle green halo surrounding the note icon.

Tinderbox prototypes are notes that also serve as examples on which other notes may be based.

For example, suppose we are looking into digital cameras -- locating manufacturers, identifying key features, comparing the views of different authorities and opinion-makers. In the process, we'll probably find ourselves frequently creating families of related notes:

At times, we can foresee that a particular prototype will be useful for a project. Creating prototypes in advance is a form of Preparing the Page. At other times, you may discover the need for a prototype only after you create several different notes and realize they share some properties. Gradual discovery of structure is sometimes called incremental formalization.