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v1 I would suggest that the play button stays the same as it always has - a triangle to begin then a pause once playback begins. But, once playback has started, a new button appears like this: The circle encapsulating the easily recognisable play triangle is pointing in an intuitive direction: anti-clockwise, implying that we are going back in time. The ...


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It may very well be universally understood but I would be concerned (or at least keep in mind) the user's reaction to this symbol. Would a Russian (a patriotic Russian) be happy to see money be symbolized by the US dollar? Is there any chance that he may think poorly of your site / app for using the dollar sign? I don't know your customer base but at first ...


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Context matters a lot here. Like others mentioned, localization and your primary userbase should inform you whether to use $, €, £ or ¥ as 'standard' symbol. It might also be possible to do a location-check (via GPS, or IP) and display whichever icon is most appropriate. If you don't know your userbase's location or currency, you could choose to go with ¤, ...


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Surely the best symbol for currency that will be universally understood would be a note and coin as every currency uses both paper notes and coins most currencies use banknotes and coins. Given this is a simple symbol for "currency", agnostic to culture, the great majority wouldn't have heard of cryptocurrencies, and may have once heard of Bitcoin so they ...


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It is difficult to find supportive evidence for this question. From what I've read about Philip Olsson's pictograms (some starting points are here and here), I would say that it, like the other media control symbols, represents movement, and in the case of Eject, the movement is upward, out of the horizontal flow of the media timeline. The bottom rectangle ...


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IEC 60417 is a standard for symbols to put on electrical devices (TVs, VCRs, washing machines, MRIs etc.) and ISO 7000 collects these. Each costs around 100 bucks, but there is a free preview PDF. It’s the closest I could find that would standardize the common playback controls like play ▶️, pause ⏸, play/pause ⏯, stop ⏹, fast forward ⏩, rewind ⏪, skip/next ...


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you can use a restart / reset button, here's an example from YouTube, the leftmost button


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The international standard ISO 8601 specifies a notation that uses the slash “/” between dates expressed in the year-month-day notation, e.g. 2014-07-15/2015-08-01 This is the only reasonable globalized notation. But it should normally be used only a) internally in data representation when a date range needs to be represented as one string and b) as the ...


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Historically, this question has been debated for quite a long time. There is a "Generic Currency Symbol," which looks like "¤" which has been used since at least 1985, where it was included in ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1). In theory, that is the symbol you want. However, I have never seen it used outside of reading about the code pages themselves, so that just ...


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Oh you really nailed it with this question. So, I could say the star is better because Google uses it for "starring" in all of its products (think Gmail, Google Bookmarks, search results, etc). But at the same time, Amazon uses it for ratings and so do dozens of other web properties. So when you see a single star, what does that suggest to you? Then there's ...


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Not really. As Tommy says, * often means it has been changed. r and w are common technical characters in context of being readable and writable. > can be used in context of a menu, or moving forward, or perhaps to 'move on' to an action but that action could be anything , so it's meaning would really not be clear other than by experimentation. In ...


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The answer is simply of course, absolutely not and it's surprising there is so much humming-and-hawing about it here. It's an extremely US-centric idea, it's "just silly" if you will. Indeed the dollar symbol is often used in say political cartoons, financial cartoons, very much as a symbol of the US broadly. If (for some reason) you wanted to use one ...


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The closest to a standard symbol for edit is ✎, but that is by no means universally understood. I would suggest using an Edit button instead.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag Hashtags are mostly used as unmoderated ad-hoc discussion forums; any combination of characters led by a hash sign is a hashtag, and any hashtag, if promoted by enough individuals, can "trend" and attract more individual users to discussion using the hashtag. The tag you are talking of in this context is a ...


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The first part of your question, Why Does “X” Represent the Unknown?, can be answered quickly from this short TED talk. In short, we use "x" to represent the unknown because the scholars in 11th century couldn't translate the arabic letter "Shin", denoting unknowns, to Spanish. In Arabic, Shin (ش‎) is read as /ʃ/, like the sound sh in shoe, but there is no ...


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Lots of people have given good reasons. I don't think you'll get many Russians growing too irate at the $ sign but it is an interesting thought. Another possible problem with the $ sign is it could lead people to thinking costs are in dollars. Which dollars is this? It needs to be clearly said or else you could get a particularly ignorant Australian not ...


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The critical factor here is that the task is repetitive, so it needs to be as simple and quick as possible, with bigger target areas. I think it's a good idea to keep with lots of buttons. One vehicle, one action - nice and simple. Move the buttons a bit further apart to avoid accidentally hitting the wrong one and make them bigger so there's less room for ...


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There are some Unicode characters you could use. "Lower Right Pencil" (✎ in HTML) or "Writing Hand" (✍). They look like this: ✎ ✍ You could try using different Unicode fonts or font sizes to make them look nicer.


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My thoughts: In Switzerland, where multi-language websites are very common, the normal thing is to use the two letter language codes (DE, FR, EN, IT etc.) or - if there is enough space - use the full name (i.e. Deutsch, Français, English etc.). But I think key for a good experience is how the language detection is handled. IMO it should work like this: ...


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If it is change in terms of editing something, I would say a pencil. This is an incredibly common icon for edit.


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I think you mean, does a user recognize the religion based on the symbols? If it's shown to a general audience, the answer is No. Well atleast I don't. The name of the religion is needed below the image imho. The extra text adds minimal amounts in terms of UI, but could potentially make things clear for a large audience. after the edit to the question I ...


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I think it's better to put n-dash symbol (U+2013) without spaces on sides. This is typographically right. There is no strict rules about it so you are free to use western tradition. What is the difference between dash and n-dash, you can read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash


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I would suggest using a megaphone icon, since it is easily identified as a metaphor for "speaking out" understood independent of age and cultural background of the intended audience non-biasing towards positive or negative feedback.


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Would it be possible to approach the problem in a different way? Instead of asking questions where the user decides just yes or no, make them state their choice by affirming text. For example, instead of: Does a pilot's license require the applicant to know the complete rulebook? [Yes] [No] use: A pilot's license requires the applicant to know [the ...


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The semiologic point of view: An x mark (also known as a cross, x, ex, exmark or into mark1) is a mark (x, ×, X, ✕, ☓, ✖, ✗, ✘, etc.) used to indicate the concept of negation (for example "no, this has not been verified" or "no, I don't agree") as well as affirmation (for example in election ballot papers or in x marks the spot). It is often ...


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The heart can mistaken for "Like" and the star can be mistaken for rating. Usually it's better to have a word next to icons (at least on the main view / page). soundcloud.com does it like that: On their page it says "save to favorites" next to the heart (or "remove from favorites" when already added). On their apps (Mac OS and iOS) they only use the heart ...


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Traditionally, the 'previous button' is used. 1 click returns to the beginning of the clip, and a double click goes to the beginning of the previous clip. Holding could also jog back.


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You can use Fontawesome. it's a great font special made for icons. it delivers a lot of useful icons for Edit, Add, Login, Logout, Delete etc. http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/ They use this icon for editing: I personally use icons all the time because when you have a good icon people will know what you mean. but you can always put the text ...


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I would argue that the relevance stems from the mechanical nature of the earlier uses. Specifically, many tape and video cassette machines historically used top loading cassettes (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nordemende_spectra_V100.jpg and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RadioShack-ctr-119.jpg). The eject symbol therefore seems reasonably to be ...


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A lighting bolt denotes charging on both iOS and Android. Wall sockets vary country to country, a lightning bolt is synonymous with power.



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