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

Simon Schampijer simon at schampijer.de
Wed Sep 15 06:54:21 EDT 2010

Hi Gary,

On 09/14/2010 11:00 PM, Gary Martin wrote:
> 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.

Ok, so I guess this has to wait until 0.92, though the text in this case 
talks already about error and warning explicitly. I have back-ported the 
patch to 0.84 and I am worried that in some cases we might not have the 
translation, so having an icon would be helpful here.

> 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?

I don't think so, I think we would have to discuss this.


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