sane defaults (security icons)

Jakub Stachowski stachowski at
Sun Jan 16 22:29:20 GMT 2005

Dnia niedziela, 16 stycznia 2005 23:09, Ingo Klöcker napisał:
> On Sunday 16 January 2005 22:27, Jonathan Riddell wrote:
> > Konqueror now has the coloured location bar when visiting SSL
> > websites.
> >
> > This means there are now three indicators that the site is encrypted,
> > the toolbar icon, the location bar and the status bar.
> >
> >
> >
> > I think the toolbar icon should be removed.
> The coloring alone means nothing. No user (who hasn't been told) will 
> understand why the location bar is sometimes white and sometimes
> yellow.

By the way, why is it yellow? In my opinion it is green that it usually 
perceived as 'safe' . Also it is inconsistent with Kontact and kgpg where 
secure certificate is signalled with green color (yellow means 'unable to 
check' there). This kind of inconsistency completely defeats value of color 
code as user has to remember  (and probably check in manual to be sure) what 
yellow means in one application and what in another.

> But apparently there's also a lock icon in the location bar and 
> therefore I agree that the lock icon in the toolbar is superfluous.
> Regards,
> Ingo

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