mark_baum

What do the FileMaker default glyphs mean to you?

Discussion created by mark_baum on Sep 5, 2017
Latest reply on Nov 2, 2017 by FredoMkb

In a recent conversation with eric , beverly , jmedema and others (New in 14: Button bars and icons ), we talked about posting the FileMaker glyphs to give people the opportunity to describe how they use each one.

 

This is intended to be collaborative, not proscriptive. I'm certainly no expert in semiotics.

 

If you can't modify the document directly, put your thoughts in the comments and I'll try to incorporate them periodically.

 

Thanks!

 

 

GlyphNumberNameDescription (please contribute!)
a1formNavigate to a form layout
a2formOutline""
a3listNavigate to a list layout
a4listOutline""
a5menuView popup menu of options
a6menuOutline""
a7importImport records
a8importOutline""
a9exportExport records
a10exportOutline""
a11shareShare to outside platforms (social media, etc)
a12shareOutline""
a13addAdd something (typically a record)
a14addOutline""
a15smallAdd""
a16smallAddOutline""
a17addCircle""
a18addCircleOutline""
a19deleteCircle

Delete something (typically a record)

 

To me this icon more like a "Do not enter" sign or "access not allowed" than delete, but without a circle (a21/22) seems to me like a natural delete icon.

 

I tend to use a19 for cancel such as a modal - or now card - window.

a20deleteCircleOutline""
a21delete

I use this as a delete icon (see a19 -- "Do not enter").

a22deleteOutline""
a23smallDeleteDelete something (typically a record)
a24smallDeleteOutline""
a25trashDelete something (typically a record)
a26trashOutline""
a27XCircle

Close a window / cancel a process.

 

We've used this one for delete buttons. Cleaner looking than trash icons in list views and portals.

 

I tend to use this one for deleting a record (via portal or list).

a28XCircleOutline""
a29X""
a30XOutline""
a31smallX""
a32smallXOutline""
a33leftChevronNavigate backward
a34leftChevronOutline""
a35rightChevronNavigate forward or "into"
a36rightChevronOutline""
a37leftArrow
a38leftArrowOutline
a39rightArrow
a40rightArrowOutline
a41leftTriangle
a42rightTriangle
a43contactView (or take other action) respective to a person/contact
a44contactOutline""
a45contactsView (or take other action) respective to a group of contacts
a46contactsOutline""
a47accountEdit information about a person (do people make the contact/account distinction visually?)
a48accountOutline""
a49administratorAccess admin settings
a50administratorOutline""
a51optionsAccess general settings
a52optionsOutline""
a53infoGet information
a54infoOutline""
a55helpGet help
a56helpOutline""
a57sort

Sort the found set of records (or records in a portal)

 

I use these for sorting but prefer bars going from taller to smaller for reverse sorting.

 

a58sortOutline""
a59filterFilter records (by performing a find, or by filtering a portal)
a60filterOutline""
a61printPrint data (typically based on the current layout)
a62printOutline""
a63emailTake action relative to an email ( view / write / send)
a64emailOutline""
a65phoneCall or take other action on a phone number
a66phoneOutline""
a67videoView or take other action on a video
a68videoOutline""
a69urlOpen a URL
a70urlOutline""
a71editEdit information (typically within the current record)
a72editOutline""
a73noteWrite a note or comment
a74noteOutline""
a75fileView or generate a file (typically a document)
a76fileOutline""
a77PDFView or generate a PDF
a78PDFOutline""
a79records
a80recordsOutline
a81reportGenerate a report
a82reportOutline""
a83tableDisplay data as a table / generate a table
a84tableOutline""
a85labelsSet up or print labels
a86labelsOutline""
a87duplicateDuplicate something (typically the current record)
a88duplicateOutline""
a89findPerform a find action (or go to a special find layout)
a90findOutline

 

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a91imageView or generate an image
a92imageOutline""
a93musicPlay  music / access track
a94musicOutline""
a95speaker

This looks like a microphone to me, usually used for displaying sound levels or muting/unmuting a conversation.

 

On an iOS device, you can use the built in microphone to dictate data into a field. Not sure if there's a way to script that, but that's what I see when I see this icon.

 

I might use the icon for the "Speak" script step, but that's limited to MacOS.

a96speakerOutline""
a97locationIndicate a specific location on a map
a98locationOutline""
a99locationTriangleShow user's current location on a map
a100locationTriangleOutline""
a101cameraAccess the camera on a mobile device or laptop
a102cameraOutline""
a103signatureAccess the signature functionality on a mobile device or laptop
a104signatureOutline""
a105barcode1Scan a barcode
a106barcode2""
a107timeView or set a time value (such as the current time or a scheduled time)
a108timeOutline""
a109dateView or set a date value (such as the current date or a scheduled date)
a110dateOutline""
a111attachView or add an attachment to the current record (or some entity)
a112attachOutline""
a113invoiceView or generate an invoice. Do people use this for other purposes?
a114invoiceOutline""
a115box

Take action on a FileMaker plug-in (install, view status, etc).

 

Perhaps could be used to indicate shipping features?

 

Agreed-  I use them for shipping.  Go to shipping, view shipping history, submit order, etc.

a116boxOutline""
a117commentAllow user to make a comment, or show that there are comments from others that the user needs to view
a118commentOutline""
a119history
a120historyOutline
a121revertRevert changes to a record / field / etc
a122revertOutline""
a123refreshRefresh the current layout / portal / object / etc
a124refreshOutline""
a125syncSync data (often between a mobile app and data on the server)
a126syncOutline""
a127expand
a128expandOutline
a129badge
a130badgeOutline
a131pieChart
a132pieChartOutline
a133cart
a134cartOutline
a135homeNavigate to home.  Also:  home alone, "there's no place like home"
a136homeOutline""
a137starMark as a favorite, or otherwise designate as important
a138starOutline""
a139stop
a140stopOutline
a141alert
a142alertOutline
a143heartMark as a favorite, or otherwise designate as important
a144heartOutline""
a145host
a146hostOutline

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