[Libreoffice] Auto-detection of toolbar icon size (well, kinda)

Tor Lillqvist tlillqvist at novell.com
Thu Nov 25 03:47:48 PST 2010

>>> On 2010-11-25 at 12:47, <PeterLairo at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu. 25.11.2010 10:19, Michael Meeks wrote:
>>> prompted by some complaints on too large icons on Mac, switched the
>>> icon size from 'large' to 'auto' for 3.3.
>> 	Did we ever get some screenshots of the perceived problem ? I asked in
>> some bug, but never got that back AFAIR.
>>> this was already in place for windows
>> 	I really think the small icons are a usability, and legibility disaster
>> when used on large screens - and there is a real risk of selecting them;
>> 	My concern is for Windows really - I'd want the vast majority of users
>> on>  1024x768 to have large icons.
> That's fine, but the large Icons are (about 50%) *too* large. I'm on 
> Windows 7, have a 19" monitor, ratio: 4:5, resolution: 1280x1024 and I 
> cannot fit the icons I want into the Toolbar.
> See screen-shot: 
> http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/akH_sf-pDibweqBLML-dcQ?feat=directlink 
> The situation is made worse by the very poor quality of the icon images. 
> For instance:
> 1. The "New document" icon looks more like a fireplace than the standard 
> (a blank white rectangle).
> 2. the "Open Document" icon doesn't look like most open icons (yellow 
> folder) and looks worse (so deviating from the standard was not an 
> improvement).
> 3. The "Close Document" icon is a black X. That symbol almost always 
> means *delete*.
> 4. The "Print" icon is too blurry. Even at the too large size it is less 
> recognizable than the much smaller Print icons of most other applications.
> 5. There is no "Page Settings " icon.
> 6. The "Zoom" icon looks too much like a find icon. Pot. solution: add a 
> "+" inside the magnifier.
> 7. The "Review Changes" Toolbar icons don't have icons (only text).
> 8. The "Styles and Formatting" icon looks like a 
> Even users in non-localized countries will recognize the B 
> I U better than A A A, even if they don't know what the letters stand 
> for. Even Windows Live Writer uses B I U.

These icons *are* localised, as far as I can see. At least in beta3 on Windows, in Swedish, they show up as

   F K U

I guess I don't need to spell it out what English phrase those big ugly letters always make me think of.


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