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Designing Symbols

Symbols include any graphic (typically 48 x 48 pixels or smaller) that stands for a state or a concept but has no directly associated action or object. Symbols might appear within dialog boxes, system status alert boxes, and event logs.

The examples in the following figure show the graphics from an Info alert box and a Question alert box and a caution symbol superimposed on a folder icon to indicate a hypothetical state.

The style for symbols is not as narrowly defined as that for icons and button graphics. The examples in the following figure use a flush effect for interior detail but not for the border of the graphic.

Figure 62   Symbols

 

Information, Caution, and Question Symbols

The question symbol is used in an input alert box, as shown in the following figure.

Figure 63   Question Symbol in Alert Box

 

Question Symbol in Alert Box

  Ensure adequate contrast between a caution symbol and the icon or background it appears against.


Java Look and Feel Design Guidelines, second edition.
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