Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last
2011 Archives by date, by thread · List index

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
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".


Unsubscribe instructions: E-mail to
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.