Re: icons vs. buttons?

Subject: Re: icons vs. buttons?
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: Tracy Taylor <ipsque -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2007 07:39:12 +1000

Tracy Taylor wrote:
> In my opinion, within most software applications one has buttons.
> The toolbar in Word has buttons, not icons. And icons open
> programs.
> However, I got this definition from my user experience professional:
> Button – an affordance that leads to an action, which is surrounded (generally) by a border that looks somewhat 3-D.
> Link – an affordance that leads to a new page or site and is generally text.
> Icon – a small picture that represents (we hope) an action, some information, or an idea
> Any thoughts, or generally agreed upon principles? Thanks, Tracy

Caveats: I don't know if there is an industry standard
and I am *not* an interface professional. However, my
personal take on this from the usage I've seen in our
documentation and documentation from other products is
that the button is what initiates the action, and the
icon is the pretty picture that enables you to identify
the button. A link is active text that takes you to
another location.

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-- Janice

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