Use icons in place of or alongside text as an alternative means of conveying information to users. Icons may take up less space in dense interfaces than their equivalent text values. Users may also find it easier to scan icons for meaning than to read text.
Non-sighted or low-vision users that rely on assistive technologies to interact with Appian UIs will not be able to recognize the meaning of visual symbols. Be sure to use the alternative text configuration to provide a text equivalent for all icons, identifying their shapes or explaining their meaning. For example, a thumbs-up icon may best be described as “Thumbs up” or “Approved” depending on its specific usage.
Rich text styled icons, available since Appian 18.1, are the recommended icon type for most user interface design patterns. Styled icons:
Indicator icons have been designed to look best at a specific size. For optimal quality, render indicator icons as:
News event icons are a collection of images intended primarily for use in system events posted to the News feed. While these icons may be used in other interfaces, they may not look good when shown at substantially different sizes than news event icons.
Don’t show news event icons in non-News interfaces. Icons may be hard for users to recognize if shown at a smaller size.
The Record Icons page describes best practices for providing custom icons to represent specific records within a list.
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