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Re: Start and stop capture toolbar buttons?
From: "Laura Chappell" <laura () chappellU com>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:30:20 -0700

Ok... I just gotta jump in here. I'm probably causing Gerald major headaches
on the icon issue. <sorry Gerald>


IMHO, I think the "media control" icon look is going to cause confusion.
Specifically the red "record" button to start capture. 

That red button doesn't say "start" to me. it says "stop."
cid:image003.png@01CE345E.A666FAE0 (Or  perhaps I'm interpreting it
incorrectly and it is actually Hal cid:image004.jpg@01CE345E.A666FAE0.


What about simple green/red with media control widgets inside?


I understand that someday we may have playback functions, but I hope that
would be buried in a right-click function or somewhere else - not on the
main toolbar. Can't imagine it's a #1 requested feature.  


I know you folks have put in a lot of thought on the new icons and getting
rid of the NIC card image is a great idea... but I wonder if going the
direction of media player icons (and the red "record" button in particular)
is going to cause confusion. 




-----Original Message-----

From: Gerald Combs [mailto:gerald () wireshark org] 

Sent: Monday, April 08, 2013 10:13 AM

To: Developer support list for Wireshark

Subject: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Start and stop capture toolbar buttons?


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 border.



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,



(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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