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00:50 Mon 10 Oct 2005

GMail: Spot the difference

Filed under: Google,WWW — 00:50 Mon 10 Oct 05

Image on the left is from IE, on the right Firefox.


Why does the IE version say “Move to Deleted Items” when the Firefox and Opera versions say “Move to Trash” ? A deliberate move by Google to distinguish between browsers ? Why ? Is it assuming something about the browser user ? If so, what ? The answer would be that different coders produced each version of the underlying code, but then looks the same as … Why not the same language ?
(Ignore the labels part – the IE account has no labels.)


  1. It might be because Windows uses “Deleted Items” as its trash can, and other decent OS’s use Trash.

    Maybe it’s to not to confuse technologically unsavvy people…

    Comment by shorty114 — 03:32 Mon 10 Oct 2005 @ 03:32 Mon 10 Oct 05

  2. It is sensible UI consistancy – both Firefox and Thunderbird use Trash. Windows (and so explorer et al) dont.

    Comment by Gregory — 08:03 Mon 10 Oct 2005 @ 08:03 Mon 10 Oct 05

  3. Gregory – Thunderbird has Trash, but does Firefox ? I can only see Delete. I see your point though …

    Comment by Mark — 08:44 Mon 10 Oct 2005 @ 08:44 Mon 10 Oct 05

  4. Well to be more accurate – Mozilla uses trash, and Firefox is part of that suite. It is consistent with the overall scheme of things.

    Firefox doesn’t actually have a trashcan/recycle bin though. If you delete something (like a bookmark) then its gone. Google uses the Trashcan metaphor, so delete doesn’t work (until it’s “delete forever”).

    I think they chose the logical compromise (I never liked Deleted Items as a term – they aren’t actually deleted).

    Comment by Gregory — 11:19 Mon 10 Oct 2005 @ 11:19 Mon 10 Oct 05

  5. wow… and i thought MY last post was dull ;) x

    Comment by bri — 21:39 Mon 10 Oct 2005 @ 21:39 Mon 10 Oct 05

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