Author Topic: What do all the icons do?  (Read 5209 times)

jmccabe

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What do all the icons do?
« on: February 19, 2013, 05:51:31 pm »
Hi

I haven't found a list of what all the icons do. Can anyone point me to one? A lot of them are obvious, but others not so and I managed to permanently delete a message earlier by pressing a button that looked interesting :-)

If there's a page already please point me to it, alternatively just a page on the website showing a list of the icons and their purpose would be really appreciated.

Thanks
John

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Re: What do all the icons do?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 02:57:47 pm »
AFAIK, there is none but which icon you don't understand?

jmccabe

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Re: What do all the icons do?
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 04:20:25 pm »
Well, there are 2 or 3 I noticed but I would have to find them again and I can't remember where they are. I think the "mark as read/unread" is a little unclear, and the box with 4 squares in it. It would just be nice if there was a page somewhere that listed all the icons used in the app and their purpose (in each view they're used in, if they have subtly different functions depending on the view). On PCs etc it's not such an issue because you have tooltips, but...

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Re: What do all the icons do?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013, 03:22:02 am »
The "four squares surrounded with a dotted line" is the standard Android "select all" icon.

It seemed a bit confusing to me too, at first, and only mention that I took it from Android sources because hopefully it'll ring a bell with at least some users -- whereas I feel that an all-original design would not.

The "mark read" is an open envelope, and "mark unread" is a closed envelope. Done form scratch for my app by someone else, but the idea is taken from the native Android Gmail / Email apps. Again, may not very obvious, but I'm hoping for some recognition from at least those who've used those apps before.

Finally, and most importantly: those icons can be long-pressed to show a floating "tooltip" with their "title".

A standard Android 4.0 feature, which I emulate on Android 2.0, but darn, it took me something like six months from when I got my first 4.0 device to find this out.


( as an aside, I find the discoverability of recent Android UI patterns to be very poor -- interactive UI elements are often made to not stand out from non-interactive ones, and you'd supposed to guess to swipe, or scroll, or pinch, or something, to use them... )
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Re: What do all the icons do?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2013, 03:25:31 am »
Thanks for that - I didn't know about the tooltips! I've just got my Galaxy S3 (on JellyBean) after using an HTC Desire (on FroYo) for 2 years.