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Is there an icon set for displaying "All", "Some", and "None" states?

For example, an icon for "All categories", one for "Some categories", and one for "No categories".

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How about circles with either no fill, half filled, or fully filled to represent none, some, and all, respectively.

[ something along these lines ... ]

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You could use a hand: five fingers for all, 2 or 3 fingers for some, and a fist closed for none

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Body parts in icons, especially finger gestures, should be prevented at all costs (see developer.gnome.org/hig-book/3.0/icons-design.html.en). Quote: «...A prime source of offensive imagery is various body parts in a number of different configurations. Aside from offensive gestures with the hands, arms or fingers; body parts that are considered "clean" in one culture (such as eyes), will be considered tasteless or gross to another (such as a nose)...» –  Peter Walser Sep 2 '13 at 7:42

The only "standardized" set I can think of is how check boxes are often handled to show none, some, or all:

http://i.msdn.microsoft.com/dynimg/IC147693.png

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I've always found this convention incredibly counterintuitive: the "partially selected" boxes are completely filled in, while the fully selected ones only have a small mark in them. I'd find almost any other symbol for a partial selection (like, say, a + in the square to show that you have to expand it to see what's selected and what isn't) more intuitive. –  Ilmari Karonen Sep 3 '13 at 18:01

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