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Re: Functional Images - Icons - 3.2.4 Consistent Identification

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2022 10:33:36 +0100
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On 14/06/2022 10:12, Alistair Garrison wrote:

> With this in mind, I wonder if the W3C might consider at some point the creation of a style-guide for standard icons for standard functions supporting standard user intents - possibly under Tutorials. Actually saying in this style-guide what each standard icon should include e.g. that a search icon should contain a visually recognisable magnifying glass symbol; or a print icon should contain a visually recognisable printer symbol.
> This suggestion is made with the best possible intention of trying to unlock the true potential of 3.2.4 for users - so that they can rely on consistent identification of at least some icons from website to website; rather than simply from web page to web page within the same website.

Just to clarify though, this would have to be an informative guide, not 
something normative. I don't think WAI should be in the business of 
deciding/policing which icons are "right" and which ones aren't, as it's 
not some kind of design body/authority, and as with most visual aspects, 
things can get extremely subjective and context-specific very fast.

Patrick H. Lauke

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