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Michael Tsai – Blog – Mac Toolbar Labels and Availability



James Riordon :

My father (90 years old) has developed cognitive problems, including the inability to reconcile symbols. He can no longer use Apple Mail as the Mail Compose window removed the ability to display text labels with buttons. Thanks @ tim_cook Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 16

Rob Griffiths :

This continues a disappointing trend. Safari has not had text labels available on its buttons for many years.

Apple may have done this to store vertical space, which is ironic, like using "text only" ̵

1; when available – takes the least space.

I prefer to see both the icons and the text. This is an option in NSToolbar that the app can set and the user can configure. However, if the window uses the NSWindowTitleHidden to hide the title (another accessibility issue) and put the toolbar in the title bar, the toolbar is locked in the icon only.

First, I thought this title-free design was meant for single-window apps, but Apple also uses it Safari and Xcode. And it has been shown in third-party apps like MarsEdit, OmniFocus and ReadKit, a shame.

Availability Apple Mail Cocoa Design Mac Mac App Store macOS 10.14 Mojave MarsEdit OmniFocus ReadKit Xcode

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