Re: Icons for page types

On Sat, 2010-03-27 at 19:16 -0500, Shaun McCance wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-03-26 at 09:59 -0500, Shaun McCance wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> > 
> > In Yelp 3, we have the location entry which displays an icon
> > alongside the title of the page you're viewing.  Icons are
> > also shown in the history dropdown.  And as of this week,
> > I have them in an auto-complete dropdown when you type into
> > the search field.
> > 
> > See my blog post for an idea of how the icons look:
> > 
> >
> > 
> > I've been thinking about how best to use the icons.  Users
> > will generally be looking at an individual help file in a
> > single window.  It's not really useful to show the Empathy
> > icon over and over again for every page in the Empathy help.
> > 
> > What I'm considering is having icons for certain common page
> > types.  So we'd have an icon for tasks, overviews, problems,
> > guides, etc.  I think this would be particularly helpful in
> > the auto-complete dropdown.
> I'm attaching three rough ideas for page type icons.
> Please excuse my poor artistic skills. Obviously we'd
> want a real artist to do final versions.
> These aren't named in any way that indicates what they
> are. I'd like people to guess, to see if the metaphors
> convey anything useful. And I'd love it if people could
> get non-documentation friends and family to guess too.
> People on this list are probably primed to give biased
> answers.

And a fourth. Sorry for the noise.

Shaun McCance

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