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2011/12/30 Andrea Pescetti <>

On 28/12/2011 Norbert Thiebaud wrote:

On Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM, Danishka Navin wrote:

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

When was the last time you saw a phone that look like**images/uber_iphone_phone_logo.**jpg<>
Ironically that 70 years old design is still used on IPhone and others
modern cell-phone to indicate: 'telephone'

Indeed. An icon is just a convention to convey a meaning and it should not
necessarily be a representation of reality. One doesn't usually look for
words in a document using a binocular or a magnifying glass, but people can
easily associate these icons to "Find".

For those who want to practice their Italian or stress-test machine
translation, here's a nice short and funny article from 1996 by the famous
writer Umberto Eco: "Icons everywhere? No thanks, I can read".**staf9597/beltrame/STAF13/eco.**html<>


As a counter to Professor Eco's brief - and as always in his case, witty
critique of icons, may I suggest that interested users test his conclusions
by launching Writer, clicking Tools and selecting Customise and then
Toolbars, clicking the Toolbar button and finally selecting «Text only». *
Pace* Professor Eco, but I suspect that all who do so will immediately
reselect «Icons only»....


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