Re: Delete Icon question

Subject: Re: Delete Icon question
From: David Jones/KSBEISD <David_Jones/KSBEISD -dot- KSBEISD -at- DATAHUB -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 1996 14:10:39 HST

To me, a shredder suggests that the information is unrecoverable, while a
trashcan suggests someone can just reach inside it and pull out anything I put
in there. From what is said about the programs involved, a shredder might be a
better idea. Of course, make sure the audience can recognize the shredder as a

Re an earlier part in this thread, I wouldn't use a black hole. I think very
few people would readily recognize it as a black hole. Didn't Next use a
"black hole" instead of a trashcan or shredder?

FYI, OS/2 still uses the shredder, because the undelete function exists but is
disabled by default. It had nothing to do with the OS "developing to the point
where it could use a trashcan."

Now let us consider other alternatives for other audiences, e.g., for an
application intended to help students manage their homework, the appropriate
icon might be a dog, right? <G>

David Jones, Technical Writer
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From: mary @ PERSISTENCE.COM (Mary Anthony)
Date: 09/03/96 04:36:51 PM
Subject: Re: Delete Icon question

>At 10:05 AM 9/3/96 EDT, Cheryl Kidder wrote:
>>Our problem is that once data is deleted in our system, it is not
>>recoverable. Because of this, we cannot use commonly accepted icons such as

OS/2's GUI (I believe) had this same problem at one point. They opted to
use a shredder icon until the OS developed to where they could use a trash can.

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