How should I visually distinguish between the different types of keys available for the end user?

So far the common keys I've come across are

  • Private key (not to be shared)
  • Bitcoin address (to be shared, and may or may not have a backing private key)
  • Compressed public key
  • Casascius keys (where the private key is split in half totaling 3 keys)
  • Multi signatures
  • I'm just looking for an official or preferred standard I can give to my graphic designer. Lacking that she'll just come up with something based on Armory and QT. Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 13:26
  • Please do not use the term Public Key. That isn't a good term to describe what a Bitcoin address is. It is a Bitcoin Address. A Bitcoin Address is a hash of the private key, but calling it a public key is confusing it with PKI. Programmers working on the code might use public key, but outside of that, Bitcoin Address is the preferred term. Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 1:01
  • @StephenGornick I updated references to public key and replaced with Bitcoin Address Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 1:17
  • Bitcoin is new, there isn't any recurring standard that I've seen. Come up with something interesting and it'll probably catch on
    – ryan.ralph
    Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 13:57


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