New wireless applet icon looks terrible

Bug #7748 reported by Scott James Remnant (Canonical) on 2004-09-03
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-applets (Ubuntu)
Jeff Waugh

Bug Description

Dude, seriously ... what was wrong with the "mobile signal" images? They looked
slick, relayed exactly what the signal strength was and fitted in with the rest
of the panel.

The new "sonar" ones ... well, they aren't slick; they look as though they were
hand drawn in a few seconds; the anti-aliasing is terrible; it's at an angle
that just doesn't match anything else on the panel so looks out of place; and
it's simply really not obvious what the signal strength is.

I have four black bars, that is telling me that I have no signal; humans equate
black with "off". My brain expects them to be filled in with some better colour
if there's signal there.

There's nothing about the icon telling you what it *is*. The battery applet
looks like a battery, the volume applet has a speaker, even the CPU applet looks
a *bit* like a CPU ... this doesn't look like anything.

Yes, the original applet was the suck (it had to resort to "WiFi" and almost
non-existant signal bars), but the interim one was perfect.

Everyone's got a mobile phone, they're used to the idea of signal bars showing
them how much signal they've got. This is a perfect metaphor for wireless
signal strength, it's telling you how much signal your laptop has.

Please change it.

Jeff Waugh (jdub) wrote :

The mobile bars concept is suboptimal, but it's the best we currently have. I've
reverted the change and made the 'broken' state icon nicer. (Look at it on a
coloured panel - ooh!)

It'd be nice to define a style for the hal/hotplug traylets ... what *is* the
GNOME style for these kind of things?

Jeff Waugh (jdub) wrote :

So there's icon style, and then the style in which you communicate the concept;
the wifi-waves looked odd because they didn't really fit in with either.
Luckily, there is very little standardisation (de-facto or otherwise) of these
things in the applet/panel sphere in GNOME, because a lot of it is old stuff
brought over. :-)

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