RE: icons vs. buttons?

Subject: RE: icons vs. buttons?
From: "Lauren" <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu>
To: "'Tracy Taylor'" <ipsque -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 14:41:18 -0700

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> Subject: icons vs. buttons?
> Hiya - this may only be relevant to those of us who write
> about software.
> 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

I have thoughts. A link is a text representation of access to an
application or web site. An icon is a graphical representation of the same
access and is not dependent on an application, except for the O/S interface.
A button is an icon within an application that is a link to other
applications, links, or other features within the application.



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