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Some small changes in the Interface I.E. Icons and Button position

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Gald:

--- Quote from: wp on January 05, 2022, 06:50:17 pm ---Absolutely. Minimalistic layouts as proposed can be extremely frustrating...

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I agree with you, but in this particular case, it does not apply.
Look, certain icons are Universal!

Minus icon, means minus/remove in America, Africa, North Korea, and the rest of the World.

Minus, Plus/Add, ? (Help) and Tools/Gear.
Both, a 3yo child and a 90yo great-grandfather know the meaning of these buttons.

Precisely, a programmer you do too!

Martin_fr:

--- Quote from: Gald on January 05, 2022, 07:50:01 pm ---About the Help button, is because there is another help on MainMenu.
Look to the image related below.

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But the help button (if working) goes directly to:
https://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/IDE_Window:_Project_Inspector

So this is context sensitive.

Martin_fr:

--- Quote from: dsiders on January 05, 2022, 07:55:15 pm ---The files cannot be downloaded (yet) from SourceForge. It shows a file but it cannot be downloaded. I tried the 64-bit installer. In addition, the readme file under 2.2.0 says it is a "Release Candidate".

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Fixed the Readme.

Sourceforge sometimes takes a bit of time before the links work.
Just try again.

Martin_fr:

--- Quote from: Gald on January 05, 2022, 08:05:08 pm ---Minus icon, means minus/remove in America, Africa, North Korea, and the rest of the World.

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- Of course there is the minus in the source-editor to fold code. The code isn't actually removed.
- Also having text, means extra space. In case your mouse motion isn't that smooth.
- And if other Buttons have the text, buttons without text will have that odd empty space beneath them. (Because the height of the toolbar, is determined by the tallest button)
- Not everyone has perfect vision. While the IDE sadly lacks accessibility in many places, this in no reason to further reduce it. People relaying on a screen reader may benefit from the text.
....

Also some of us grew up in front of a 40x25 screen. Not having text just makes us melancholic. ;) ;)


As I said an option would be ok, if contributed.

And if you don't need text, switch it off for all buttons (for rare cases where you would be lost, there still will be the hint)

Gald:

--- Quote from: Martin_fr on January 05, 2022, 08:42:29 pm ---But the help button (if working) goes directly to:
https://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/IDE_Window:_Project_Inspector
So this is context-sensitive.

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What about these?

https://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/IDE_Window:_Object_Inspector
https://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/Component_Palette
https://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/source_code_editor

There are no big buttons to these ones. Users may feel insecure, or not?

But now, think with me:

Sort Files Alphabetically and Show Directory Hierarchy aren't the kind of buttons that people are used to it. Right?
While EVERYBODY knows what an Options button is.

Thinking on accessibility way, these buttons don't have captions, but the button that doesn't need has one!

But let's get even more further: How many people have trouble with the fact that the Show Directory Hierarchy button doesn't have a caption?
It's probably a number close to ZERO.

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