Toolbar Icons & Text

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tonyt
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Toolbar Icons & Text

Post by tonyt »

Can you have a text descriptor with each icon?
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Re: Toolbar Icons & Text

Post by xnview »

you have tooltips
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tonyt
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Re: Toolbar Icons & Text

Post by tonyt »

I know, but it is far easier to go to the right one if you can identify it by name, rather than check each icon to see what it does before you find the right one. That is what, I think, icon and text is for, to make life easier.
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Re: Toolbar Icons & Text

Post by pavelh20 »

I second this. Tooltips are no replacement for toolbar button descriptor.
First of all there are different types of memory and individual brains lean towards them. For some users it is very easy to remember the visual icons and find the text descriptors very difficult and vice versa. Some brains need text more than the image. All brains use both identifiers faster though, although some users may lean towards one or the other.
Another approach to this, should it be considered seriously, is the fact that some buttons/functions are used often while others less so. Generally speaking having the text descriptors displayed with the icons helps to quickly find the function the user uses less. Same for the users who don't use the program very often.
In no way, with all due respect (and plenty of respect in fact), Pierre, can tooltips replace text descriptors. Just play in your mind the scenario of a user trying to find the right button and instead of going over the text descriptors, the user needs to place the cursor over each button and wait for the tooltip to appear. Now image doing that often... say, if the user is old or mentally handicapped.

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