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Icon request: icon-language #904

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aensley opened this Issue Mar 29, 2013 · 55 comments

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aensley commented Mar 29, 2013

And you don't even have to design it! Here it is:

langiconclassic_r9_c22

There's already an initiative to standardize this image as a language icon.

SVG source.

It is free to use.

Of course, the icon in FontAwesome would just have to be the square (i.e. the white part only). The containing, rounded-corner, shape could be accomplished by placing the icon in a styled div (for example). This is already how I use most of the icons in Font Awesome, so this seems like a great fit.

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davegandy commented Mar 29, 2013

Interesting. I like this. Can you tell me more about how this symbol gets used on websites?

aensley commented Mar 29, 2013

I just discovered it myself, but I was looking for a way to quickly signify to the user that "this is the control you click to change the language of this app." It looks like that's exactly the goal this project is aiming to reach.

The languageicon.org people have created a list of example uses.

I plan on using it as in example 3 or 4.

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davegandy commented Mar 29, 2013

I like it. I'm trying to keep Font Awesome as internationally friendly as possible.

I'm supporting language icon project as well and think it would be a great addition to Font Awesome.

+1

+1

mocaloca commented Aug 5, 2013

+1

andyhu commented Aug 19, 2013

+1.5

ideirj commented Aug 25, 2013

+2 :)

+1

andyhu commented Sep 11, 2013

I think maybe we can use icon-globe instead, this icon does not have an obvious meaning of "language", most users won't recognize this one as a sign of "language", at least for me, that is the case.

aensley commented Sep 11, 2013

@andyhu icon-globe is too general and visually implies geography/location; not language. Most of my projects already use icon-globe in other ways.

I agree that most users won't recognize the icon as a language symbol yet, but that's what standards are for. If more websites/software start using it, it will become recognizable.

Anyway, it can't hurt to have options (as long as they are good options).

evan70 commented Sep 24, 2013

+2 :)

pixind commented Oct 6, 2013

+1

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tagliala commented Oct 6, 2013

This website and that icon AFAIR changed a lot.

Now we have http://www.languageicon.org/LanguageIcon.jpg

It states:

The smallest size for the language icon is 24 x 20 pixels, a Fireworks editable PNG Source for mini icon is available in the Source-Kit.

The old icon was not understandable at all by me, it reminded me a door

The new one reminds me google translate: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate

It's fine to change language, but I'm not sure about its 14x14 px implementation

aensley commented Oct 6, 2013

I agree the new icon is much better. They also still have an SVG source in
addition to the PNG.
On Oct 6, 2013 7:44 AM, "Geremia Taglialatela" notifications@github.com
wrote:

This website and that icon AFAIR changed a lot.

Now we have http://www.languageicon.org/LanguageIcon.jpg

It states:

The smallest size for the language icon is 24 x 20 pixels, a Fireworks
editable PNG Source for mini icon is available in the Source-Kit.

The old icon was not understandable at all by me, it reminded me a door

The new one reminds me google translate:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate

It's fine to change language, but I'm not sure about its 14x14 px
implementation


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thotzl commented Nov 7, 2013

👍
#2364

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ghost commented Nov 13, 2013

+1

+1

ludo237 commented Nov 19, 2013

👍

+1

+1

neobiwan commented Dec 5, 2013

+1

+1

cobolmx commented Jan 10, 2014

+1

Knud13 commented Jan 31, 2014

+1 I'd love to see this icon added sooner... this issue shows as milestone 4.1.0 seems a long way off.
icon image from http://www.languageicon.org/

taiwen commented Feb 8, 2014

+1

hype2 commented Feb 17, 2014

+1

leo4all commented Mar 5, 2014

👍

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D2-Nemo commented Mar 7, 2014

+1

That looks like an 'A' on the right. I'm not sure about the left - looks like a mix of the Japanese ス and え, but there are several other scripts I don't read.

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davegandy commented May 13, 2014

Language icon added to 4.1.0-wip branch. Closing.

@davegandy davegandy closed this May 13, 2014

aensley commented May 13, 2014

Sweet! Thank you!

Many thanks, great addition!

@tagliala tagliala referenced this issue Jul 17, 2014

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Language icon #3917

The character on the left, want to confirm which language that is? If Chinese then there is no such character. The character most similar to that would be 文.

If other language then please specify. If purpose is to look like generic Asian-language-looking, then my concern is that this does not cater as "international". "Western" audience would easily mistake it and identify as Asian character, "eastern" audience would not know what this means.

aensley commented Jul 18, 2014

@waikitkan, I think that's a question best directed toward the people behind the language icon initiative. @davegandy just used their design.

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tagliala commented Jul 18, 2014

google translate for android uses something like 文
image

I thought it may have been ス(katakana 'su') or え (hiragana 'e'), but it's the Korean consonant 'ch' - I would have liked to type one here, but it's proving very difficult, it seems as though it's an alternative way to write ㅊ, which you will find in Chamisul - 참이슬, but if you look for pictures of 참이슬 - a korean alcoholic drink - you will find the character in question.

Why Korean? maybe the language icon initiative have Korean people involved, but also probably a nod to the history of printing in Korea - It sounds like the Chinese were at it first, but Korean has far less variation in symbols than does Chinese, so there may have been more rapid development there - although compared to Gutenberg having to deal with only 24 letters, it would still have been complex.

I am neither a historian nor a linguist - just a bit too much time on my hands.

7elix commented Oct 26, 2014

+1

Please also consider discussions and layout at https://forge.typo3.org/issues/9253#note-22.
Or even concept at https://forge.typo3.org/attachments/download/24647

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tagliala commented Oct 27, 2014

please open a new request, this one is closed

+1

How much "+1" do i need to add to be added to the icon bank?!

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tagliala commented Oct 27, 2014

@arsvekil just deleted your extra comment, please be respectful

This icon was already added: http://fontawesome.io/icon/language/

If you have something different in mind, please open a new request and provide an example

i am so sorry, did not think that would be unrespectful, sorry.

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM, Geremia Taglialatela <
notifications@github.com> wrote:

@arsvekil https://github.com/arsvekil just deleted your extra comment,
please be respectful

This icon was already added: http://fontawesome.io/icon/language/

If you have something different in mind, please open a new request and
provide an example


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tagliala commented Oct 28, 2014

@arsvekil no problem

I deleted about 10 comments with "+1" sent by you. If it was github's fault, then I need to apologize

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tagliala commented Nov 6, 2014

@richardczeiger this icon is already here: http://fontawesome.io/icon/language/

If you need google translate icon, please open a new request

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