Icons for Your Web Site

There has been a very interesting discussion on the Web4Lib list on using icons on web sites, e.g., who uses icons, are they understandable, are they helpful, do they need to be standardized. Frank Cervone of Northwestern University mentioned that IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions — an international group representing library issues) had created a “standard set of icons for use with bibliographic database applications.” Called the “Bibliographic Standard GUI Icon Set,” it is copyright-free and available at:

http://www.scran.ac.uk/fcgi-bin/IFLA_Icons.pl

These icons are 32px x 32px and use gray-scale. You have seen some of these before, particularly variations on Home, Information, Help, Find, navigation between records, Print and Save. However, there are many others here as well.

If you’re interested, take a look. Remember, however, to add both an alt and title attribute to each image. The alt text will display if the image does not; the title text will provide a tooltip when you hover over the image (whether the image is there or not).

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