Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Start and stop capture toolbar buttons?
From: Kurt Knochner <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:28:47 +0200
Quoting Ed Beroset
Evan Huus wrote:
The *proper* (for certain values of that word) way to decide this issue is
really to do a usability study, however that is expensive/time-consuming so
unless Riverbed wants to make that investment it isn't likely to happen
with any degree of rigour.
They found the same confusion about the Record icon and noted that  
the Play icon had 85% recognition, but Record only 42% and noted  
that the Record icon was "Often though of as 'stop', particularly if  
coloured red.  Connotations of traffic lights, 'no entry' sign or  
full stop."
without the intention to add confusion to the discussion, I like to  
suggest this:
1.) use a classical green/blue 'start' (play) button as that's  
probably the 'commonly accepted' symbol to start an action, in this  
case the capture action, regardless of a possible confusion with a  
planned playback feature, which does not sound like a key feature of  
Wireshark and thus should not get it's own button in the main GUI.
2.) Use a totally different icon to indicate the CAPTURE/RECORD  
action, like: a camera
3.) Use a funny icon, like a 'wire shark' with wide open jaws, eating  
up the packets ;-)