Opened 14 years ago

Closed 14 years ago

#699 closed Enhancement (invalid)

Special icons for status bar

Reported by: infernux Owned by: charles
Priority: Normal Milestone: None Set
Component: GTK+ Client Version: 1.05
Severity: Normal Keywords:
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Description

The status bar currently uses GTK stock action icons for ratio, upload- and download rates. This is potentially confusing to users. Transmission should use its own icons for this.

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Change History (8)

comment:1 Changed 14 years ago by infernux

I prototyped a set of icons using the old metaphors and using the colors red and blue to symbolize "up" and "down". The jing jang symbol used in the mac client seems to be very nice to show the balance (=ratio) between "up" and "down", so I re-used this metaphor.

Changed 14 years ago by infernux

Screenshot old/new

Changed 14 years ago by infernux

icon pack

comment:2 follow-up: Changed 14 years ago by charles

  • Type changed from Bug to Enhancement

*sigh*

How to weigh "potentially confusing to users" against #625's "...In order to keep a greater visual consistency with other Gnome apps, the system-wide icons for certain elements such as the ratio, upload and download should be used."

How could the stock icons be potentially confusing?

comment:3 in reply to: ↑ 2 Changed 14 years ago by infernux

Replying to charles:

*sigh*

How to weigh "potentially confusing to users" against #625's "...In order to keep a greater visual consistency with other Gnome apps, the system-wide icons for certain elements such as the ratio, upload and download should be used."

*sigh*

Sure it would be nice to use the same icon other GNOME apps use for ratio, down/upload... BUT... those don't exist in GNOME!

How could the stock icons be potentially confusing?

Those icons have a defined meaning. The refresh icon means "refresh this view". With a lot of fantasy it can be described as, well, remotely similar to the jang jang icon. Sure, less fantasy is required for this than matching the "gtk-quit" icon as jing jang, but this is not the point. Those icons all have a very specific meaning and using them for anything different is bad. The arrow icons currently used are defined as navigation icons and only to be used for this. Sadly, some stock icons (some more than others) are used out of context by some apps. Refresh for example is often used for "reboot", too. We try to fight this "abuse" because in the end it would totally defeat the reason we use icons in the first place: to have a second (besides the text) unique representation of the action for the user.

What transmission currently uses are totally random icons :(

comment:4 follow-up: Changed 14 years ago by frandavid100

I created bug #625. I agree that the refresh icon does not *exactly* represent the same metaphor as the ying-yang, even if it looks similar, so yeah there might be grounds to complain that an actual ying-yang icon would be better - yours looks quite good, incidentally.

I don't agree about the up/down icons, though. They are stock icons and called just "up" and "down", so as far as I know they can be used for anything and not restricted to navigation. Does it say so somewhere in the HIG or anywhere else? If so please quote it here.

comment:5 in reply to: ↑ 4 Changed 14 years ago by infernux

Replying to frandavid100:

[...] yours looks quite good, incidentally.

Thanks ;)

They are stock icons and called just "up" and "down", so as far as I know they can be used for anything and not restricted to navigation. Does it say so somewhere in the HIG or anywhere else? If so please quote it here.

The GTK stock icons are actually called "gtk-go-down" and "gtk-go-up". In the freedeskop spec, they are called "go-down" and "go-up", respectively, and are bound to the "actions" context.

comment:6 Changed 14 years ago by charles

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As usual I'm pretty hesitant to replace stock icons with custom ones. If you can find an actual instance of an actual user being confused by the stock icons, I'll take a look at this again. ;)

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