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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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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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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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If you're trying to convey "this criteria doesn't matter", simply leaving it blank is probably the best option. This used to be a very common pattern in "advanced" search dialogs, until application designers collectively decided that fancy search options were not something users needed.


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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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Traditionally the operation of a mechanical tool was determined by the physical constraint of the position/type/size of the gears used. So if you wanted to change a tool setting, you would have to manually make an alteration to the gear(s). Many machines worked this way, even ones you would not think of, such as printing presses, folding machines, etc. ...


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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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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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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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If you want sex just say it If you want sex just say it - You should strive to convey information in the clearest way possible, when possible. < 2.1 miles is < clear than less than 2.1 miles. In the form < 2.1 miles people could infer < as "look left". < ≠ <= Note that less than 2.1 miles is not the same as 2.1 miles or less - the ...


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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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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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I think the closest thing to a universal symbol would simply be *, which is used as a wildcard character in many operating systems and applications. It might not be recognized by every end user, but it is certainly more understandable than what you have now. There is also the option of leaving the field blank, implying no filter will be applied.


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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 ...


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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 keyword/...


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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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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 the exclamation mark without the triangle. It suggests that you need to pay some more attention and is milder than a straight out red X. Also, rather than phrasing it as, satisfactory, you can say that their current score is acceptable, but, with a bit more effort they can do much better. Rather than a warning, you are treating it as a call ...


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I believe the gear icon symbolizes opening something up to look at its "guts" to see how it operates on that inner level. Changing the direction of a single cog causes changes the motion of the next gear, and so on, meaning this is where you can make changes to how the system will work. Since a tool is a device used to carry out a particular function, the ...


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I'd make a custom control which shows just the symbol when collapsed and the symbol + text when expanded. This way both concerns (about space and symbol choice) turn less important, because when the dropdown is expanded, it's supposed that the intended action is just to make the selection, so you don't care about it taking more or less space, then you could ...


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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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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 used ...


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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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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 'Edit'...


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Seeing that ∅ is your choice for an empty value, for non-empty one you can just prepend it with the negation symbol: ¬∅, or !∅. As far as UX goes, this will only be instantly clear to people who are familiar with logic symbols (or most developers in the case of !). Luckily, as each dropdown item has text to elucidate what each symbol means, and as it may be ...


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I assume there is no universal accepted symbol for "All". So, I would either return to text or use a slider like the price sliders on e-commerce websites or have the options shown as a list with checkbox depending on how many options you have on that element but avoid using a symbol as random as - star -


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The Wingdings font that comes default with Windows has a neat symbol that can be used for EDIT. This symbol appears in place of the question mark ('?') (Unicode 0x3F). To add this to your page, you could use: <span style="font-family:Wingdings;">?</span> EDIT : Apparently, Wingdings font family does not work on Firefox and Opera. Instead, you ...


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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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