Re: [Usability]Extremely narrow toolbar icons
- From: <bordoley msu edu>
- To: Daniel Borgmann <daniel liebesgedichte net>, Usability <usability gnome org>
- Subject: Re: [Usability]Extremely narrow toolbar icons
- Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 13:31:12 EDT
Short but sweet answer.
This is a bug in bonobo. There has been a little discussion on the correct way
for this to be done, and i believe the current consensus is that there should
be a minimum width for buttons so that you do not have the problem you
described below, while buttons with longer labels are allowed to be wider. I
think a bonobo ui bug may already be open, but if not file one please.
Daniel Borgmann <daniel liebesgedichte net> said:
> Hello again,
> sorry for spamming this list, but this just caught my attention and
> I believe it's too important to let it slip.
> I read this nice article about distance and size of targets in a GUI,
> etc, I guess you all know it. At the end it made a little fun of users
> who like to pretend they can work faster with small icons and I felt a
> little bit embarrassed. ;) So I tried the "Text below icons" toolbar
> mode instead of prioritytext like I did before. First I tested this in
> Galeon and found out that it really makes me a bit faster in hitting the
> NEW and RELOAD buttons which I used quite a lot and the BACK button was
> still large enough (or a big larger), I just need to get used to it's
> new position.
> But then I tried Nautilus and found that my BACK and UP buttons are both
> extremely narrow. They use only as much width as the text needs. This
> results in those (the most important!) buttons beeing the smallest,
> while FORWARD and RELOAD (I barely ever use them) are the largest. The
> BACK button now is even more difficult to hit than with priority text
> and it feels unimportant next to the large FORWARD button.
> This is all opposed to Galeon where every button is of the same width
> and conventionally large. So I'm wondering, why was it decided to narrow
> them down as much as possible? And isn't this really terrible for a GUI?
> I'm cowering in fear that Galeon2 will show the same behaviour. Please
> tell me that this was just an oversight and not an intentional design
> decision. It also breaks the HIG rule that buttons in a row should have
> the same width btw, if you see them as buttons. Oh I will hurry to quit
> now as there is a terrible storm right above our house, eek!
> - Daniel *runs*
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