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Re: [opensuse-ux] Re: [yast-devel] redesign of printer module redesign
  • From: Martin Schmidkunz <mschmidkunz@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 12:34:32 +0100
  • Message-id: <47B032C8.3070200@xxxxxxx>
Klaus Kaempf wrote:
I changed that in:

Please don't mix icons with text information. Better find proper icons
for the different states.

The designing problem is, that there are four different states:
* enabled, rejecting
* disabled, accepting
* enabled, accepting
* disabled, rejecting

for which I can only think of one to have an easy to comprehend icon.
And that is enabled, accepting, which means "hey, everything is just fine."
For the other three states there is no easy to comprehend icon (or at
least I can't think of any) which means that the three icons need to be
explained to the user in a legend somewhere.
I fear that this will lead into the same usability problems we are
facing with the software management where the user needs to learn a
whole set of icons to work with the module.
On the other hand having a mix of icons and text shows the user at a
quick glance if something is not OK. The text tells him exactly what the
matter is.

What do you think is so bad mixing up icons and text?



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