overuse of icons in menus
(=?utf-8?q?=60=60-=5F-=C2=B4=C2=B4?=) -- Fernando
ubuntu at bugabundo.net
Fri Feb 15 22:32:06 UTC 2008
On Monday 11 February 2008 11:44:03 Michael T wrote:
> I originally posted this as a wishlist item on Launchpad, but was advised to send it to the appropriate
> mailing list (so I hope that this is it :) ). Something which slightly annoys me in Ubuntu (and more
> generally in KDE and Gnome) is the overuse of icons in menus. Most (if not all) GUI style guidelines
> recommend only using icons in menus where they are instantly recognisable to the user, so that they can
> identify the menu entry from the icon faster than they would be able to read the menu text. See for
> In other situations, the icon slows the user down, as they will automatically look at the icon before they
> read the text. If you look at for example the "K" menu in Kubuntu, you will see that every menu entry,
> including every application listed, has an icon next to it, which to my mind makes it look somewhat
> Does anyone else have thoughts on this? I realise of course that in many cases this is something that can
> only be fixed upstream, but I wanted to start a discussion somewhere :)
In my opinion, even if icons make ppl loose [inicially], after they get used to them, it much faster to look for the icon, then to read the all text lines.
> BTW, please excuse the messy hotmail formatting - this is my "disposable" address for posting to mailing lists and places where the address will be publicly visible.
Then I guess you need a gmail account... great formating and it takes very well care of all spam, and unwanted emails.
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