Messages - Do you know what icons to use? (3/3 Icons)
27/11/2012 3:38 PM by
Including an icon is important because not only does it give the user a visual indication of the type of message, but without it only the Default beep sound is used. The icon should reflect the type of information being presented:
||When to use|
||Non-error information, e.g. Database connection test completed successfully|
||A non-critical error, e.g. The input was invalid|
||Critical error in the program, e.g. Program file was not found|
||NEVER use this. |
According to Microsoft, the Question mark is being phased out, as any of the other three: Error, Warning or Information can easily be reworded into a Question, and Question does not show the user the severity of the issue that has just occurred.
E.g. If you want to ask the user whether they want to save a file before closing, you should use the Warning Icon.
We have a program called SSW Code Auditor
to check for this rule.
Do you feel this rule needs an update?