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Re: AU Techniques: Icons

From: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 11:06:06 -0500
Message-ID: <3C0CF46E.21B0E375@utoronto.ca>
To: w3c-wai-au@w3.org

I have put together another set of icons (attached) that I hope will
provide a compromise.

- The designs are based primarily on Charles's.

- They are 16x16 (if we want extra spacing, let's just put it in the
markup instead of relying on the icons to create space between the

- Each has a different background color which should help when scanning
a long list of techniques (I don't care which colour goes with which

- However, the icons do not rely on this color - they each have a unique
shape as well.


Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> Hmmm. I think that having them renderable with a height of 16 pixels means
> they will work nicely at a common font size of between 8 and 15 points
> without disturbing the layout.
> I don't care about the width much, although anything bigger than 2 and a half
> times the height would look funny I suspect (I am not going to measure the
> WAI icons, but I think they are no more than that).
> I actually find it much easier to read when the text is somewhat more
> spaced, so personally prefer the larger size. Therefore I vote for larger
> icons that can be still be easily distinguished at 16x16
> Looking at the icons page in double size and half size was interesting for me
> to think about it. Different browsers do this very differently, too.
> cheers
> Charles
> On Tue, 4 Dec 2001, Jan Richards wrote:
>   Before we start mixing and matching icons of different styles, let's at
>   least decide how large they should be displayed.
>   I vote for 16 x 16 to lessen the likelihood that the icons will change
>   the line spacing.
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Jan Richards
UI Design Specialist
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC)
University of Toronto

Phone: (416) 946-7060
Fax: (416) 971-2896


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