KDE 4: Text labels underneath toolbar icons

David Jarvie lists at astrojar.org.uk
Sun Jan 14 21:29:41 GMT 2007

On Sunday 14 January 2007 22:04, Stephen Leaf wrote:
> On Friday 12 January 2007 2:16 pm, Dennis P wrote:
> > First a rant.
> >
> > KDE 4 will feature text labels underneath toolbar icons by default. As
> > explained in http://oxygen-icons.org/users/david/?p=31 the texts spread
> > the icons too much. The suggested solution is simple: make shorter text
> > labels, the 9 characters of "Save as" are clearly too long and should
> > just be "Save", "New message" should be "Write" or maybe "Compose" should
> > be allowed which still uses 7 characters.
> This maybe me nit-picking and/or stating the obvious. But When shortening
> the wording for a button be careful not to shorten it too far.
> For example the "Save as" is vastly different from "Save" in applications
> such as kate, kword, etc.

I think he was just saying this to illustrate how much space labels really 
need if they are to mean anything. Later in his message he mentions the fact 
that other languages often need even more space for their translations than 
meaningful English labels.

David Jarvie.
KAlarm author & maintainer.

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