sane defaults (security icons)

George Staikos staikos at
Sun Jan 16 22:32:48 GMT 2005

On Sunday 16 January 2005 17:29, Jakub Stachowski wrote:
> > > 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.

  Yes green makes more sense, but then you still have:
a) conflict with the colour scheme
b) the task of explaining to users who have known "secure" to be yellow for 
the past ~12 years that green now means "secure".

George Staikos
KDE Developer
Staikos Computing Services Inc.

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