The Australis "hamburger" button
mbonardo at mozilla.com
Fri Nov 22 21:40:02 UTC 2013
So, I briefly discussed at the last work week with someone about the
fact we are losing identity of the Firefox appmenu button.
It's a big change for users, they are used to look for an orange button
with the Firefox text in it on the top left, we replace it with an
anonymous grey button with stripes on the top right. Based on that I
filed a bug to suggest some first-thought alternatives, but mostly to
point out the problem
(https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=889681). It was wontfixed,
with reasons (the fact I agree or less with those is unimportant).
Now, I keep looking at bugs and mails in firefox-dev, and I see everyone
speaking about "the hamburger button". This made me think support will
have to ask users to click the hamburger button... I'm pretty sure we
can figure what the hamburger button is but, surely everyone I know here
around would look at me like I'm crazy. It's also a quite US concept,
some countries are not that much into hamburgers :) I'd honestly not
know how to help my friends&family find it without spending hundred
words at the phone.
Let alone if we allow users to customize (mostly move) it around in the
UI, as many are asking.
And no, I don't think "the three stripes button" sounds much better, as
well a "cheeseburger button":)
Clearly "click the orange button", or "click the Firefox button", are
much simpler concepts for anyone and had their advantages.
While I'm not expecting this to change a taken decision, I wanted to
throw up my concerns in a more public way, to see if anyone has thoughts
or ideas about this.
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