26 Mar 2009 - 1:12pm
5 years ago
20 replies
Mat Atkinson

When to use icons and when to use text

We are redesigning a web application for collaborative review of
design work.

We currently use text-based buttons for drop-down menus e.g. File |
Versions | Workspaces etc.

We are having a raging debate about whether to switch from text to
icons for some of the key functions and pull them out of the menus
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What are the pros and cons of icons vs. text-based buttons.

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