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[TSVN] Icons again

From: Simon Large <slarge_at_blazepoint.co.uk>
Date: 2004-12-16 22:43:11 CET

I'm on my home PC, so I don't have the original messages to reply to :-/

I agree with Stefan and Luebbe that the overlay icons should be easy to
distinguish for low vision and colour blind people.

I don't have too much of a problem with InSubversion and Modified both being
circles because they are the normal daily-use cases. Having a modified file
does not indicate a problem or need urgent action. You could use a square
background (like TCVS), but unless you put a border round it (TCVS doesn't)
it is not obviously different from a circle.

The Deleted icon only ever appears if you do something silly, like delete a
file and then create a new file with the same name. If you delete a file
from subversion, the WC file gets deleted immediately, so normally there is
no icon to put the overlay onto, which is a bit if a waste of an overlay.
Having said that, I think the file should not be physically deleted until
you commit, because it is easier to see what subversion is doing (and it
would be easier to revert the delete). But this argument must have been used
before, so I will keep quiet.

For the Conflicted icon, the overlay is more important than the underlying
icon (IMHO) because it needs urgent attention, so maybe this one can afford
to be bigger than the others. Having looked again, I think whoever chose the
yellow for conflict and red for modified got it right, because yellow does
show up better. I have 2 suggestions to keep this overlay both visible and
1. Large yellow triangle (don't round off the corners too much) with thin
black border and a black or dark red exclamation mark in it.
2. Large yellow lightning bolt (no background shape) with black border to
emphasize the shape.

In a 16x16 icon there isn't enough space for the triangle _and_ the
lightning bolt, and as a lot of people will use the smaller icons in
explorer list view, that small icon is an important one.

My drawing is really bad, so I won't attempt it ;-)


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