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UX: Sidebar icons improvements #5269

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vidartf opened this issue Sep 5, 2018 · 11 comments
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UX: Sidebar icons improvements #5269

vidartf opened this issue Sep 5, 2018 · 11 comments

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@vidartf vidartf commented Sep 5, 2018

The change to using icons for labeling the sidebar in #5117 makes sense, but the icons can be a bit confusing, especially for those that do not have English as a native language:

  • The palette icon strikes me as more related to themeing. Without knowing what a palette is, it can be very confusing. A replacement icon would preferably be more tied up to the command concept.
  • The "running" icon is based on a homonym (moving fast, and an process under execution). This concept does not necessarily translate to other languages. A possible suggestion is multiple cogwheels (multiple, since a single cogwheel indicates settings, by convention).

cc @ellisonbg

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@timhoffm timhoffm commented Sep 5, 2018

Possible alternatives:

  • Commands: Something resembling an expanded menu. (Motivation: command is quite an abstract concept and hard to visualize. However, most commands are accessible via the menu bar.)
  • Running: A play button

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@gnestor gnestor commented Jan 29, 2019

How about these:

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@t-makaro t-makaro commented Jan 30, 2019

I like the power icon for the running section.

Also, I'd vote against the settings icon for the cell tools. A settings icon feels like it should go to jlab settings. I like the current wrench for cell tools, but I would not complain about the dials/tune icon.

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@vidartf vidartf commented Feb 14, 2019

As an addition: The kernel icon in the statusbar now shows a piece of corn (a corn kernel). Again, this origin of the word kernel as applied to computers is not necessarily apparent to non-native English speakers. Most translations would be likely to use a translation of the synonym "core" than to refer to grains.

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@jasongrout jasongrout commented Feb 14, 2019

The kernel icon in the statusbar now shows a piece of corn (a corn kernel).

+1 to changing the admittedly cute and clever, but not very obvious, referenced icon.

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@ian-r-rose ian-r-rose commented Feb 14, 2019

I agree with changing it as well.

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@bollwyvl bollwyvl commented Feb 14, 2019

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@gnestor gnestor commented Feb 15, 2019

@vidartf Ha! Where is this corn icon? I don't see it on master...

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@jasongrout jasongrout commented Feb 15, 2019

The corn icon is in the status bar.

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@jasongrout jasongrout commented Feb 15, 2019

screen shot 2019-02-15 at 1 26 51 pm

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@vidartf vidartf commented Feb 18, 2019

PS: I'm not trying to make fun of it (it is actually quite clever if the users are native English speakers), just pointing out that it doesn't necessarily translate well.

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