I know right or wrong is subjective but the developer tools for Chrome (accessible by pressing CTRL + Shift + I) has a Clear button to delete all values listed. This button is represented with something I normally associate as no entry or disabled but is this something that can usually be used to represent Clear?

Chrome Clear Icon

The black icon on the right was not obvious to me as the clear function, I usually expect an X of some sort. Is this icon a new trend or possibly a different cultural meaning?

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    I agree--that is a poor choice. Jul 26, 2016 at 20:21
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    I agree, I've had momentary pauses before I clicked on it due to this fact
    – YisraelU
    Jul 27, 2016 at 1:46

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I agree with you. The fact that at least three of us UX-minded people think it was a bad choice indicates that it probably was one.

The symbol they're using is the "no" symbol or the "prohibition" symbol, which means something a bit different.

  • I guess this really comes down to their designer's choice but I haven't seen anyone really disagree. Glad it's not a trend, I can see a lot ensuing confustion if it was :D
    – keyboardP
    Jul 28, 2016 at 17:21

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