[Pmwiki-users] link icons
Wed Jul 21 19:20:57 CDT 2004
Christian Ridderstr?m <chr at home.se> wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Jul 2004, Kass Lloyd wrote:
>> An icon is a bit more visual then a ? link, and would help people who
>> are new to wikis know whats going on easier.
> I might be conservative here, but I don't really think icons are always
> easier to understand.
You're not just being conservative. There's a large literature on this
issue (a google search on "user interface guidelines" would find some
of it), and a lot of it agrees with your point - icons not generally
easier to understand ... although they are SOMETIMES, in situations
which have been described in detail in the literature. In fact, if I
remember correctly, practically all of the user interface design
literature agrees that icons representing actions are not usually a
good idea. (Catie or John, can you confirm that?) For example, the
"TOG on interface" web site says this.
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