[ubuntu-art] .doc, .xls, etc icons in Humanity Update

Bruno Girin brunogirin at gmail.com
Wed Feb 17 09:53:41 GMT 2010


On Tue, 2010-02-16 at 16:24 -0800, Chris Tooley wrote:

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> You should also consider whether this implies "microsoft word" to your
> average user.

I would go one step further: does this imply "word processing document"
to the average user and does it tell him how it will be handled when
they double click on such a file? Only if they can associate it with MS
Word, know what MS Word is, understand that it is a word processing
package and that on Ubuntu word processing is done by OpenOffice Writer.
So you rely on quite a few associations.

I think the icon should convey two things:
1. it is a word processing document that will be handled by OO Writer
2. it is a different file format from a .odt file and for those who know
and are interested in the difference, it is an MS Word file

So what about something like a customized .odt icon that uses the MS
Word blue colour scheme and has a superimposed W on top?

My £0.02

Bruno






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