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Opened 7 months ago

Closed 6 months ago

#52827 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Add dashicons to every label within Settings

Reported by: bramatton Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: minor Version: 5.3
Component: Administration Keywords:
Focuses: ui, administration Cc:


Hi all,

I'm proposing an idea to add dashicons to every label of every Settings page. There is currently only one icon in General options - Site language. It looks rather weird that there is only one option with an icon, my proposal is to in accordance with UX/UI design remove that icon or, the better idea, add icon to every label within Settings.


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Current state of dashicon within Settings

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Change History (7)

7 months ago

Current state of dashicon within Settings

#1 @SergeyBiryukov
7 months ago

Hi there, welcome to WordPress Trac! Thanks for the ticket.

Just noting that the Site Language icon was added in [45402] / #43144, and that ticket provides more context on it.

Basically, it's there so that users who can't read the site's current language can more easily identify controls that allow them to change either the site language or their own admin area language.

#2 @peterwilsoncc
7 months ago

  • Version changed from 5.7 to 5.3

#3 @SergeyBiryukov
7 months ago

  • Keywords close 2nd-opinion needs-design-feedback added

Looking at this again, I don't think the Site Language icon should be removed, for the reason stated in comment:1.

We could add icons to every other label on Settings screens, though I don't think we can realistically support that in the long term:

  • Some labels might not have a suitable icon, or might have duplicate icons.
  • Even if we do manage to find a suitable icon for every label, plugins will always have settings pages without icons, leading to further visual inconsistencies.
  • Some might argue that extra icons increase cognitive load without adding much benefit, like post format icons that were converted from links to visual indicators in #35497, and then removed completely in #46591.

So, while I understand the consistency point of view, it does not look like there any actionable steps here at this time.

Last edited 7 months ago by SergeyBiryukov (previous) (diff)

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #design by chaion07. View the logs.

6 months ago

#5 @paaljoachim
6 months ago

  • Keywords 2nd-opinion needs-design-feedback removed

The ticket was brought up during a design triage. We agree with @SergeyBiryukov above comment.
This is a wontfix ticket, and can be closed.

#6 @SergeyBiryukov
6 months ago

  • Keywords close removed
  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed
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