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[Suggestion] Addition of cargo icons in the corporate Industries window and all own windows of industries #7839

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Eric-01 opened this issue Nov 18, 2019 · 4 comments

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@Eric-01
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@Eric-01 Eric-01 commented Nov 18, 2019

In PR #7809 the number of different cargo types one industry can produce was increased, and additionally the corporate Industries window became more complex, but more usable than before.

I think this window can be even more usable, hence my suggestion (which shouldn't be hard to implement) to add a cargo icon in front of each "x tonnes of y (z% transported)" string in both the corporate Industries window and all own windows of industries.

These icons could help you find the cargo type you're looking for, without the need to read each description. E.g. if you are looking for grain, and you know that grain icon in OpenTTD is yellow, you can just search for yellow icons and find it much faster. Especially if OTTD (or one of its mods that adds new cargo types) wasn't translated to your native language, and you have to use a different one.

I mean something like this:
Industries-window
Farm-window

@James103
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@James103 James103 commented Nov 20, 2019

There are other areas that could use cargo icons. For example:

  • "Capacity: [cargo icon] X units of Y" (buy window and vehicle windows))
  • "Refittable to: [cargo icon] cargo 1, [cargo icon] cargo 2, ..." (buy window)
  • "[cargo icon] (cargo name)" for each entry in the vehicle refit window.
  • And many more...

In fact, the following changes could be made:

  • A new special string command {CARGO_ICON} could be added to take in a cargo ID as a parameter and output the corresponding cargo's icon.
  • A new game setting could be added to enable/disable showing cargo icons before each cargo name and cargo amount. This is so people who prefer the classic look and feel don't have to have the cargo icons being shown (@Eric-01), while linguistically impaired people / language learners could use the cargo icons to guide them.
@andythenorth
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@andythenorth andythenorth commented Nov 20, 2019

Many cargo icons are unbelievably ugly, but eh. That has no real relevance, just leaving it here :)

@Eric-01
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@Eric-01 Eric-01 commented Nov 20, 2019

Hmm... if you think they are ugly, they can always be remade by... uh... someone. And for those who prefer the classic look and feel, so don't want any cargo icons, James103's idea with the game setting would be prefect.

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@andythenorth andythenorth commented Apr 23, 2020

Thanks for this. There's been no activity on this for some time, and as it stands, it doesn't look likely that it will go any further. I'm closing it as we try to keep the issue count low for OpenTTD, it helps us focus on things that are important and fun. Feel free to discuss in irc or request re-opening if you disagree. Thanks for contributing!

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