Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Aug 2009 20:12 UTC, submitted by kiddo
Gnome A common complaint about GNOME is that it has a certain fetish for icons. Menu entries, buttons - everything has an icon attached to it which often wastes space needlessly by making buttons larger than they need to be, as well as menus wider than they need to be. The good news (for me, at least) is that the next GNOME release will have all these icons removed.
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Using GUI in a foreign language
by dpeterc on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 17:44 UTC
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Just want to add one thing not mentioned so far.
As a software developer with a program translated in 11 languages, I often demonstrate the software speaking in English, but with software setup into customer's native language.
Before I had icons in menu, I was often lost in my own software, and had to ask the customer to translate it for me. With icons, I can still use my software.
Even for features which are not important enough to have the icon, or icon is hard to invent. I can remember relative position to icons and click the right entry.

Anyway, the removal of icons is typical Linux GUI blunder, like so many in history. Zero research, take away the feature, so we have more white space for zen designers.

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