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Re: document-page-setup or/and document-properties icon mockups.



Well, it would confuse me, if it was not already quite widely used... I think
the metaphor isn't best, but it is still good. You cannot usually tweak the doc
in its properties, but there is usually something to set, but also to (only)
look at. Neither the microscope nor the wrench is exact metaphor, since both
symbolizes only one part of the whole, but since we are already used to wrench I
would stick to it.

I looked a once more at some applications both with their own icon set and with
icons that come from the icon them you use, and what I've found: OOo with
crystal icon set uses page with wrench to symbolize document properties , but
that would IMO rather signalize page properties/settings, and nothing to
settings. Nautilus, with echo icon set, which derives missing icons from
clearlooks/bluecurve, has for file properties wrench and for settings wrench
with screwdriver. Not very different icons, but easy to distinguish I think.

I hope I do not confuse the app settings with doc properties, but I am not
English native speaker as well...

Regards,
Martin

Nicolas Mailhot napsal(a):
> Le mercredi 14 mars 2007 à 20:17 +0100, Martin Sourada a écrit :
>> There seems to be no other comments or suggestions regarding these icons, so,
>> would everyone agree if I use the wrench (with orange handle) for
>> document-properties and page with wrench for document-page-setup?
> 
> I still don't like an active metaphor like the wrench for
> document-properties but at least it's a bit less ambiguous than a cog.
> IMHO (and maybe that's more evident to me because I'm no native english
> speaker) you're confusing properties as in document metadata with
> properties as in application settings.
> 
> If I saw a wrench in an office suite menu I'd be thinking "this is where
> I can change the application behaviour" not "this is where I can look at
> the document summary and maybe fill it in". I don't think of office
> documents as automatons, so there's no cogs in them to tweak with a
> wrench. Maybe the menu label would disambiguate but if you need some
> text to understand an icon maybe the icon is bad.
> 
> If I'm the only one to think this, feel free to ignore me.
> 

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