sane defaults (security icons)

George Staikos staikos at
Sun Jan 16 23:06:56 GMT 2005

On Sunday 16 January 2005 17:49, Jakub Stachowski wrote:

> > b) the task of explaining to users who have known "secure" to be yellow
> > for the past ~12 years that green now means "secure".
> In what part of the world yellow means secure? When i think about safety
> color codes, street lights immediately come to mind. And yellow definitely
> is not 'safe' color there. Exactly as in other KDE apps that deal with
> certificates. Where could those users learned about yellow being secure
> anyway?

  Netscape Navigator.

> Honestly, when i first seen this yellow urlbar after connecting to my
> server i thought that certificate expired or something like that.

   That's exactly my point.  It's unorthodox, and at best it confuses people.  
At worst, they no longer understand what is and is not secure.  I'm not 
arguing that putting an icon in the statusbar is better or worse by design.  
I'm arguing that making a new system that is "better" is not always better.

George Staikos
KDE Developer
Staikos Computing Services Inc.

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