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My goodness, for those of us who are not hip, please put text under the infinity symbol that apparently means 'link'. Not intuitive at all. Tooltips are nice, but text is nicer.

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  • Are you referring to the toolbox on the page where you enter your questions/answers? – 8128 Dec 12 '10 at 7:44
  • Yes. Not a huge deal I guess, but still, the rest of the stack sites have differing but consistently recognizable icon work. ( text is the best icon though) – chiggsy Dec 12 '10 at 8:51
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    +1, the link icon is not intuitive at all. – Isaiah Dec 12 '10 at 16:02
  • I've grown accustomed to entering the markdown for Links and Images as I type, though I agree this was a rough "discovery" item when AU first launched. – Marco Ceppi Dec 12 '10 at 19:47
  • Oooh I can do Ctrl+L as a shortcut! I like keyboard shortcuts.... – 8128 Dec 12 '10 at 20:07
  • I also don't think the other symbols, Blockquote and Code, are particularly intuitive. – Stefano Palazzo Dec 12 '10 at 20:40
  • Ctrl-L is hyperlink shortcut? OLE! Thanks! – chiggsy Dec 12 '10 at 22:55
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This is one take I've been working on.

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It's a bit big, so I ended up scaling it down a little and included it in this mock up.

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This thing is still monstrous. So I'll continue to work and hopefully refine this idea. I've included the two SVG (simple and "detailed") if anyone wants a starting base.

After some more manipulation.

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SVG Source Regular: (#333333) Hover: (#DD4C00)

  • Nice! That's all it takes, now I look and see "Bold, Italic, Link, quote,(wtf) , img" But that's ok, context can be measured by aggregation, <$> must be code, because that goes with hyperlinks, blockquotes and image tags in a gui for webpage comments. – chiggsy Dec 12 '10 at 22:52
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    Marco, great! i'll put it in the sprite in the next few days. – Jin Dec 13 '10 at 7:06
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    @Jin Thank you very much! I've been between keeping and dropping the underline - so I'll leave that up to you. I think the simplicity of "no underline" works better with the current icon set. – Marco Ceppi Dec 13 '10 at 11:20
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    How about just an image of <a> with an underline. I know it's kind of nerdy, but this is a nerdy place, and many people will recognize it. – poolie Dec 14 '10 at 0:03
  • @Marco: Good job; the bigger version is easier to identify, though. Perhaps try rotating it so it runs diagonally? I might give it a try if I get the time. – Firefeather Dec 18 '10 at 1:57
  • @Marco I have updated the image sprite with your version. it will be in the next deployment. – Jin Dec 20 '10 at 5:39
  • @Jin It looks great (I'm biased) thanks! – Marco Ceppi Dec 20 '10 at 17:15
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This isn't an answer, but an observation of other "Popular" tools implementation of "Hyperlink" icon

OpenOffice 3

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Microsoft Office Word 2000-2007

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Google Docs

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Our icon should implement two of the three options.

  • Blank Page
  • Globe/World
  • Chain Link

Doing any two combination of three in mono-chrome should improve the current "Infinity" look of the icon.

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I actually thought this wasn't even possible. I simply resorted to doing my hyperlinks manually and I didn't care enough to check what the infinity symbol meant.

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