Icons in menus?

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Daniel Hulse Daniel Hulse
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Icons in menus?

Hello everyone,

Is there any reason why icons aren't enabled in menus by default? I don't see why they shouldn't be--it doesn't violate the GNOME hig. (In fact, icons in menus are shown in the gnome hig as an example.) It also seems like enabling icons in menus might have some advantages, like reinforcing the association between the icons and what they represent.

Any thoughts?
Stefan Knorr Stefan Knorr
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Hi Daniel,

On 19/03/14 04:24, Daniel Hulse wrote:
> Is there any reason why icons aren't enabled in menus by default? I don't
> see why they shouldn't be--it doesn't violate the GNOME hig.

+ On Windows, they are enabled by default -- because it is common
  there.

+ On Mac they are not -- I think it is impossible to get icons into the
  menus there.

+ On Gnome they are not -- Gnome changed its stance on icons in menus
  and on buttons with 2.28:
  https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.28/#rnusers.cleanup

+ Not sure what happens on KDE.

On our side, there differing opinions on this issue. I personally like
clean menus and the potential it brings for getting rid of rarely-used
icons.
Iirc, Mirek was very much in favour of icons in all menus.

Astron.
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Daniel Hulse Daniel Hulse
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Re: Icons in menus?

That's interesting. It didn't know that.
Owen Genat Owen Genat
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In reply to this post by Stefan Knorr
Stefan Knorr wrote
On 19/03/14 04:24, Daniel Hulse wrote:
> Is there any reason why icons aren't enabled in menus by default? I don't
> see why they shouldn't be--it doesn't violate the GNOME hig.

+ On Gnome they are not -- Gnome changed its stance on icons in menus
  and on buttons with 2.28:
  https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.28/#rnusers.cleanup

+ Not sure what happens on KDE.
For the interests of others, under Debian 7 + LXDE this appears to be controlled via: Preferences > Customise Look and Feel (i.e., LXAppearance) > Other tab > "Show images in menu" option. From memory, this is on by default.
Cor Nouws Cor Nouws
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Stefan Knorr wrote (19-03-14 10:31)
> On our side, there differing opinions on this issue. I personally
> like clean menus and the potential it brings for getting rid of
> rarely-used icons.

Pls see https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=57510
It is marked as WONTFIX :)

Cheers,
Cor


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