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On 28 December 2011 19:43, Robert Derman <>wrote:

Olav Dahlum wrote:

On 28/12/11 20:05, Danishka Navin wrote:

As you all know the floppy disc is some thing out dated in the modern
computer world.

I'm afraid it's not the case, a lot of people use them, and especially
in governmental institutions.

Why we still continue the "Floppy Disk" as the icon for "Save" button in

Anyway, this could be replaced by a more generic computer/down arrow
button to reflect the different media better.

The trouble is, most people would not recognize this, and there is of
course the limitation that icons must be fairly simple in form.  Also I am
not sure that an icon of an optical disk, which would be much more valid
today would be as easily recognized.  Actually in nearly every case the
document is being saved on a hard drive, but that would be much more
difficult to represent as a simple icon.  I remember MS tried this in
Win-95, and it ended up looking more like a drum and drumstick.  As long as
we all recognize the floppy as a floppy, it really doesn't matter that much
that it is archaic.

Until I checked it out just now, I didn't realise that the Save icon used
in the Ubuntu version of LO is actually a broad green downward arrow on top
of a representation of a Hard drive.  Now, I have had no problems saving
documents, so I imagine that things like the position of the icon (next to
the Open File icon) and the tool tip are all part of identifying the Save
icon.  When I looked at the floppy disk icon on my wife's Win 7 version, I
realise how old fashioned it looks.


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