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Filed Bug

Call to Replace Floppy Disc Icon in Eclipse?

Jessica Thornsby

Bill Higgins has filed a bug to remove the ‘floppy disc’ icon used to represent the save-action in Eclipse.

“Computers no longer ship with floppy drives – some not for a decade,” he writes. “I wonder if the floppy disk icon has any meaning to younger programmers?”

Visitors to the bug ticket have noted that Word uses the floppy disc icon, and it has become synonymous with ‘save’ over the years.

Chris Aniszczyk has blogged about this bug, suggesting that the floppy disc icon should be replaced by a cloud. “Kids are all about saving things to the cloud these days. Just chuck it in a BigTable and it’s alright,” he writes.

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