[Sugar-devel] [DESIGN] Error/Warning Icons for alerts

Gary Martin garycmartin at googlemail.com
Tue Sep 14 17:00:54 EDT 2010

Hi Simon,

On 6 Sep 2010, at 16:35, Simon Schampijer wrote:

> Hi,
> I came across the issue when working on "Error messages when writing to device (Journal) [1]": Our alerts (e.g. "Connecting to the school server", the error message when you can not copy an item to a removable device...) do not have an icon at the left, even though the alert does allow for that.
> For the moment we use the emblem-warning (attached) for example in the Control Panel for the inline alerts (you have to restart Sugar in order to have the changes take effect).
> Having an icon with the alert does help learners that can not read yet, or simply when the alert is not translated in the specific language yet. I guess for the start an icon for warning and one for error would be a good start.
> What do others think?

+1 think that's a good idea if we can make the change for all warnings and errors.

After doing a quick search the triangle with exclamation mark seems to be common for both warnings and errors with no obvious distinction, though an 'x' inside a circle seems one possible choice for an emblem-error if needed.

Is there a clear definition of when a warning should be used and when an error should be used?


> Thanks in advance for your feedback,
> Simon
> [1] http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/10312
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