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6527RE: [agile-usability] Re: Designing toggle icon

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  • Desilets, Alain
    Oct 30, 2009
      The idea of a closed eye has been suggested by a number of my test
      subjects. I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but my guess is that it
      will suffer from the same issue.

      Does a closed eye mean
      - Watches are currently OFF (and therefore, click here to turn them ON)
      - Click here to turn OFF the watches (and therefore, they are currently

      But it's worth a try.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: agile-usability@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:agile-usability@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of marjoriepries
      Sent: Friday, October 30, 2009 1:44 PM
      To: agile-usability@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [agile-usability] Re: Designing toggle icon

      The problem seems to be in depending on the color to convey the meaning
      while the eye is static. Maybe if you tried a closed eye vs. an open eye
      and forgot about the colored checkmarks completely, then.

      the idea of a ligthhouse with a signal beam vs. one without also came to
      my mind.


      --- In agile-usability@yahoogroups.com, "Desilets, Alain"
      <alain.desilets@...> wrote:

      > The problem I am having is that no matter what icon I come up with,
      > people interpret it as representing the STATE of the watches, and
      > people interpret it as the ACTION that will be done on the state of
      > watches when they click on it. Unfortunately, these two
      > tend to contradict each other. For example, an eye with a green
      > checkmark can be interpreted as:
      > - Traces are ON (and therefore, click here to turn them OFF)
      > OR
      > - Click here to turn traces ON (and therefore, they are
      > currently OFF)
      > Which are exact opposite of each other. I have tested the list of
      > in the attached MS Word file with a dozen people or so, and I find
      > contradiction applies with all of them.
      > Thx.


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