Difference between Offline/Online is too subtle

Bug #438786 reported by Michael Martin-Smucker on 2009-09-29
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Bug Description

In the Indicator Applet Session panel applet, the only difference between the Online and Offline icons is the shade of gray, which is difficult to determine without any point of reference. The offline icon should instead use an 'X' inside the text bubble to indicate the offline status.

Vish (vish) wrote :

Offline is not a wrong state, so adding an 'x' is not something we want to do. The icon becomes transparent , indicating not active.

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) on 2009-09-30
Changed in humanity:
status: New → Won't Fix
Changed in humanity:
status: Won't Fix → Incomplete

It doesn't have to be a red X (indicating an error state); many icon themes use a gray X. But really, it doesn't have to be an X at all (I'll change that in the description).

The true problem is that the only difference between the offline and online icons, which should be complete opposites, is a subtle transparency that shows up as a slightly different shade of gray. I spent the whole day yesterday "Offline" because the icon looks exactly the same as the online icon. Sure, it was more transparent, but how will someone notice the transparency when there's nothing to compare it with?

summary: - Offline icon should use an X
+ Difference between Offline/Online is too subtle
Changed in humanity:
status: Incomplete → New

Here's just a really quick sketch of what I had in mind. I doubt anybody would confuse the X with an error, but if you don't want to use an X that's fine. I still think that something needs to change, though.

Vish (vish) wrote :

Michael , we have fixed all those issues of less contrast. Pls check the lp:humanity .
You have filed a bug in the upstream Humanity project where this bug is already fixed. Hence fix released.
But the new icons have not yet been updated in Ubuntu.

This new update will arrive after beta release , where Humanity will be available in 2 themes ,
Humanity > Sufficient contrast for light panels
Humanity-Dark > sufficient contrast for dark panels

So this issue is fixed.

Changed in humanity:
status: New → Fix Released
Vish (vish) wrote :

Adding an 'x' is not something we are going to do. Offline is not a wrong state and hence it does not need an 'x' .

Vish (vish) wrote :

Oh , seems you are using a dark panel > lp:humanitydark , will be uploaded within one day :)

Humanity Dark?! That sounds awesome and I look forward to it. Thanks for the good work.

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