Re: Too many icons in the Ubuntu menus?‏ (repost)

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at
Tue Feb 12 19:49:49 UTC 2008

On Feb 12, 2008 1:53 PM, Markus Hitter <mah at> wrote:

> Am 12.02.2008 um 01:04 schrieb Ioannis Nousias:
> > In real life we see a chair (for instance) and we know it's a
> > chair. We don't need a little label there telling us it's a chair ;)
> If you see a chair the first time in your life, you actually need a
> label (or somebody telling you what this thing is). Furthermore, not
> every piece of software is as commonly known as a chair. There's so
> much software today you even start to forget rarely used icons over
> time.

If you see a chair for the first time in your life, will you know what the
word "chair" means?

BTW, did you ever try to explain some icon-only thing solely with
> words (like, over the phone)?

That's why we have both.  It's not like we leave words out completely (like
the OLPC Sugar interface does...that thing is confusing).

Mackenzie Morgan
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