The Floppy Disk Means Save

Icons That Don't Make Sense Anymore

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Wed, Dec 12th, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Being old enough to know what a floppy was or why my colour television had rabbit ears may explain why I never questioned any of the icons in my software, but as Scott Hanselman explains in his article, "the floppy disk icon means 'save' for a whole generation of people who have never seen one." Above, why 'radio buttons' are called 'radio buttons.'

What happens when all the things we based our icons on don't exist anymore? Do they just become, ahem, iconic glyphs whose origins are shrouded in mystery?

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