aypok at aypok.co.uk
Mon Mar 12 17:23:53 GMT 2007
> But a lot of the ones I have been looking at simply don't seem to be very
> intuitive compared with just having a text link, in that to get anything
> half decent looking they either have to be big or have a bit of text
> alongside them anyway to say what they are going to do.
Not true; you could make use of the 'title' attribute. For example:
<img src='public/images/delete.png' alt='Delete' title='Delete' />
That way, when the user hovers their mouse pointer over the image, a
tool-tip will pop up and display the text set in the title.
An alternative would be to have a key/legend, which shows the user which
icons relate to which sections/actions/etc.
If you're having to resort to large images, look for icons designed by
other artists. Good looking yet small icons do exist.
> The fact they might
> look pretty compared with a text link seems to be the only point in their
It depends on the design of the site. You can get some small images
(16x16 or 32x32) which not only look nice but save space. A 16x16 image
of a red 'X' takes up less space than the word 'Delete'.
> Just wondered what other people do for this sort of thing - Keep it a bit
> utilitarian but highly functional or prettify it and slow it all down a bit?
Slow it down? We don't all have 300 baud modems these days. As long as
you keep image use to a sane level, no-one will notice the images
Small icons are great - I use them wherever I can. They take up less
space and make everything look nicer. It's surprising how much nicer
pages and pages of text look if you just replace a few links with
"'Bastardman!' The Chief cries as we slip into a parking space outside
the station with the grace and ease of a car accident. Which in fact it
was..." - BOFH
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