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    There are a lot of modules but it looks a bit of a mess. For a large portion this is due to the variety of icons.

    1. Some look very dated. When a module was built for DNN 4.8 it looked fine but nowadays, it just amplifies how old it is.
    2. Some are images
    3. Some are icons but it does not help me what functionality it stands for
    4. Icons that mean in module A someting different than in module B

    Is it a good idea to start a list that consolisates this somehow? It could be as simple as a table with icon name, htlm code, link to the repo (like Fontawesome)  and function. It would not be a mandatory prescription IMO but if you are working on the look & feel of a module, there would be a reference. 

    Curious to hear/read what your opinion is on this one.


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      I think this is a good idea - maybe the "Developers" area on DNNDocs is a good place for it!

      Happy DNNing!

      Michael Tobisch

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        I think that's a great idea, but we should consider same action for DNN Platform itself. If we're gonna standarize, let's do it from the base ;-)


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          I agree that it would be good if this would be somehow standardized and I agree is a bit of a mess right now.
          But I'm not sure picking an existing "fixed" icon set is the best option as in that case you will have the same issue in a few years.
          I would to make those icons token based so you could eventually change the icon set.

          [Icon:Save] Etc.

          But it should be super simple to implement or else developers will keep using their own solution IMO.

          Advanced Member

          Advanced Member

            We already have a built-in icon set and API in DNN.  It's extensible too, so it can be replaced.  I've used it ever since inception in my open source extensions

            Unfortunately, some extensions were built before this existed, and those that have been built since either have decided to not use this feature or didn't know it existed.  :)

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