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Re: Start and stop capture toolbar buttons?
From: Gerald Combs <gerald () wireshark org>
Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:12:56 -0700

On 4/7/13 5:12 PM, Guy Harris wrote:

On Apr 7, 2013, at 10:40 AM, gerald () wireshark org wrote:


User: gerald
Date: 2013/04/07 10:40 AM

Change the "stop capture" icon to a Great Big Huge Square to try to make
it more obvious (particularly at 16x16 pixels) that it and the "start
capture" icons work like media controls.

OK, the filling in those buttons is a bit bigger than, say, some of the images in


or in


although it's not bigger than the one in


The smaller center looks OK to me - is this a small-button (16x16) issue?

A GIS for "record button" returns a variety of styles, mostly round and
red with varying border sizes:


I'm not sure which is more correct. We could look at the built-in audio
recorder on each major OS we support but that doesn't help much. Sound
Recorder on Windows has less border and more filling, while QuickTime
Player has more border and less filling. GNOME's is all filling and no

Also, the stop button in the first image in the latter search:


is all red - should ours be?  Or, alternatively, should the square be red, like:


(the start button being redder than the stop button might be a little bit odd - a red circle in a start button seems 
to be the standard, but maybe stop would be helped by a red indication as well).

The "stop capture" button is gray with a darker gray shadow.
Unfortunately this completely fails the Awful Monitor Test. I'll try a
different color as Evan suggested.

If you squint just right the current layout has a sort of logic to it.
"start capture" and "stop capture" are respectively round and square.
They behave and look like the "record" and "stop" buttons on audio
equipment. "Start capture" and "restart capture" are both round and red.
If you press either of them you capture packets. "Interface list" and
"capture options" are both round and *not* red, i.e. they're associated
with the "start capture" button but don't capture any packets. I suppose
to be more consistent we should make the capture filter button round and
not red as well.
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