Alternative to Create a new wireless network

Mikus Grinbergs mikus at
Thu Apr 22 11:57:03 EDT 2010

> * Do we agree to have three icons, one for each available channel?

I have written this before -- I do NOT believe that three "dumb" icons
are more intuitive to use than one "intelligent" icon.  The only
advantage to three icons is that a new network can be launched with a
single click (after having navigated around to find *which* icon to
click), whereas an "intelligent" single icon requires two actions - a
hover to call out the palette, then a click on an entry within that palette.

To me, the greatest drawback to the existing icon(s) is that they do not
show the channel.  If you have three icons, for heaven's sake draw them
with static symbols ("1", "6", "11") to show where a connection would be
attempted.  If only a single icon is used, it should at all times show a
dynamic symbol representing the channel to which the radio is currently
tuned (a different channel would be selected via the palette).

I think that even very young children would quickly learn which channel
to use in which physical location.  I fail to see how presenting three
icons (which are indistinguishable from each other) helps communication.

I vote for one, intelligent, icon.


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