VisualEditor: Toolbar icons - "reference" (bookmark) alternatives or improvements
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Original icon, and 2 suggested alternatives

The "Insert reference" icon is not very intuitive. I've made a sketch of two alternatives.

See attachment, or on-wiki at

That image includes the current icon, and two adaptations that consist of: a snippet of grey text, and a blue super-scripted number [1].

The grey text could be made into abstract letterforms - squiggles - (rather than the letters REF) in order to make it usable by all languages.

Or we could use a grey "+" sign with the blue [number].

(The only problem is RightToLeft languages. Not sure how to solve that.)

The blue super-scripted [number] is universally recognizable and intuitively understandable as denoting references, both in Wikimedia projects and even beyond. I'd suggest this element, at the least, should form the basis for any replacement icon.

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bzimport set Reference to bz51372.
Quiddity created this task.Via LegacyJul 15 2013, 4:47 PM
bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitJul 16 2013, 1:37 PM

turingt wrote:

You should include a label besides each button whenever possible. When you have a clear label, it doesn't matter that the icon is hard to recognize. And no, hover text doesn't solve the problem.

Jdforrester-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitMay 30 2014, 5:55 PM

I'm going to provisionally deem this solved with the new icon.

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