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Icon Context Menus


Context Menus have been around a long time (

In almost all systems, they are implemented as an ordered list of (at most)

(icon, text)

This is ripe for re-evaluation. First-person shooters demonstrate the power of using icons instead of text.

Other problems with text menus:

  • localization.
  • text isn't always clear about what is going to happen
  • text menus can be hard to click on mobile... "poking a sausage"
  • text menus use lots of space.

We can solve this by allowing HTML into right-click menus.

As a demonstration:

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