I hope youknow that you can xerox those mouse pads! I never used the originals
supplied by Xerox for my mouse; I would always copy them and use the copies. ]
Before I downgraded to a Sun-mouse & U**X, and used X1186...
a) I made 6 * photo-copies of the original pad.
b) Locked up the original pad.
c) Inserted 1 copy under the handy plastic sheet that Xerox
supplied on the front cover of each InterLisp manual.
To me, this provided i) a slow-fade pad
ii) an ergonomically-preferable wrist angle
provided by the manual.
iii) Nothing glued to my (real) desktop
Why so many hybrid pad/manuals ?...
There's a clever feedback system through the mouse. This ensures
that the code being written/debugged requires reference to the manual
under the mouse (whenever possible whilst a button has to be held).
(ENVOS to exploit this?)
Swapping OUT a manual/pad on needing to reference an ON_LINE page !
NIH - visitors take the pads out and mutilate them or lose them
when borrowing the workstation.
Having to look over your shoulder for persons in white coats.
I only pass this on because one person told me it was an excellent
idea (and he's still on the outside).
(& testing my route via trans-"pond" mail gateways)