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SAP Design Guild - Construction: SAP Icon Style Guide SAP Icon Style Guide Print version (PDF) Introduction Icon Usability Guidelines How to Create Icons that Make Sense Usability Checklist for an Icon Request q q Icon Visual Style Style Size Color q q q file:///F|/resources/icon_cookbook/icon_cookbook_menu.html [08.01.03 17:10:57] Icon Cookbook - Introduction Introduction The SAP Icon Cookbook supports people involved in the production of icons for SAP. In general, this guide explains
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  SAP Design Guild - Construction: SAP Icon Style Guide SAP Icon Style Guide Print version (PDF) IntroductionIcon Usability Guidelines q   How to Create Icons that Make Sense q   Usability Checklist for an Icon Request Icon Visual Style q   Style q   Size q   Color  file:///F|/resources/icon_cookbook/icon_cookbook_menu.html [08.01.03 17:10:57]  Icon Cookbook - Introduction Introduction The SAP Icon Cookbook supports people involved in the production of icons for SAP. In general, this guideexplains the icon production process and methodology behind creating SAP Icons. Current R/3 icons areshown as examples to help designers and developers maintain design language consistent with SAPguidelines.For a complete list of the current SAP R/3 icons see the SAP Reference Lists.   Status Added in July, 2002: q   How to Create Icons that Make Sense q   Usability Checklist for an Icon Request   This guideline can be found in Resources  on the SAP Design Guild Website (www.sapdesignguild.org). top Source: SAP Icon Style Guide   file:///F|/resources/icon_cookbook/intro.html [08.01.03 17:07:27]  Icon Cookbook - How to Create Icons that Make Sense How to Create Icons that Make Sense Here we present some rules of thumb for those who consider to request new icons.  Using Existing Icons Don't Misuse Icons! It confuses our users when the same icon is used for completely different purposes in different places in thesystem. It is sometimes a good idea to recycle an existing icon, but only if the new usage does notcontradict the srcinal meaning of the icon.  When/How Is a New Icon Sensible? Space-Saving Short, clear terms are better than icons whose meaning has to be learned.In contrast, groups of terms and long terms can be better represented by an icon. Easy to Locate Icons make sense only when you do not have a lot of them scattered around the screen, all competing witheach other, and when each icon can always be found in the same place (whenever possible).  Association Good icons do not necessarily have to be self-evident, but they should make an impression and be easyto learn . This means the picture must be easily associated with its meaning. Context and Consistency Good icons clearly differ from their neighbors.Develop your icons early on, in parallel to the overall design. Also be sure to consider any necessary relatedicons! Do conflicts exist with other icons/areas? Internationality and Political Correctness SAP icons must be comprehensible and acceptable in a wide range of language areas. Color Legend file:///F|/resources/icon_cookbook/request_gl.html (1 of 2) [08.01.03 17:07:28]  Icon Cookbook - How to Create Icons that Make Sense q   Red : Strong warning, stop, error, Don't! , critical situation q   Green : OK, allowed, not critical q   Yellow : Advance warning, critical question q   Gray : Inactive status Don't Forget... q   No icons on tabstrips! (Exception: status displays) q   No icons, only text for Recording , Parking q   Only icons, no text for Simulating , Generating q   Icons for Save , Post only in the application toolbar q   Icons are allowed in pushbuttons in the application toolbar, pushbuttons in the screen, pushbuttons intable controls q   The rule: Icon without text (exception: only when the text is absolutely essential for description) or onlytext q   Icons as field labels only in extremely limited cases (such as generic objects like date, time), includingcheckboxes and radio buttons. q   Status display: Flat on the screen or in a table control q   In a tree control: As an additional display of the object type when a differentiation is truly helpful q   System icons are reserved for use in the system toolbar top Source: SAP Icon Style Guide   file:///F|/resources/icon_cookbook/request_gl.html (2 of 2) [08.01.03 17:07:28]
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