[RFC] Make icons clickable

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[RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by Marc » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:49 pm

I've already heard from several people using phpBB that they are having trouble with clicking on the the navbar links. While there are icons, only the text link is clickable, which seems to be confusing users. This also applies to the forum and topic icons.

Changing the navbar icons to being clickable would be as easy as moving the class definition from the <li> to the <a>, although a slight re-alignment will be necessary. You can see this slight offset with the faq icon in this picture (clickable icon on the bottom):
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A bit more changes will probably be needed for the forum icons.

From my point of view this slight change will really improve the usability of phpBB.

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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by imkingdavid » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:08 pm

When you say topic icon, do you mean the icons you can select during posting a new topic or do you mean the read/unread indicator?

Anyway, I wouldn't mind seeing this change. I did check and MyBB already does this, and from trying it out on their community board, I can see that it is a bit more user-friendly, so I think this is a good idea.
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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by Marc » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:11 pm

I mean the read/unread indicator. ;)

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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by MichaelC » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:59 pm

+1
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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by DavidIQ » Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:05 pm

+1
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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by imkingdavid » Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:10 pm

marc1706 wrote:I mean the read/unread indicator. ;)
I thought so, but seeing as the label "Topic icon:" prefixes the list of icons on the posting screen, I figured I'd make sure. :mrgreen:

Anyway, as I said, +1.
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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by Vinny » Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:36 pm

+1

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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by Pony99CA » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:53 pm

Agreed, and the same should happen with forum images (clicking a forum image should take you into the forum). (Maybe that's what the OP meant when he said, "A bit more changes will probably be needed for the forum icons.")

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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by EXreaction » Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:56 am

I would say more than just the image should be made clickable. Preferably, the whole block including the icon and text would act more like a button, in that the whole area is clickable.

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Re: [RFC] Make icons clickable

Post by drathbun » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:34 pm

Making forum icons clickable was one of the very first MODs I ever installed on phpBB2... it's a natural inclination for even experienced web users, not to mention casual folks. I always wondered why it wasn't that way from the beginning.
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