Subject: symptom?
From: Milan Davidovic <shl_ctf -at- yahoo -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:58:29 -0400 (EDT)

When humans are sick, we can say they display
*symptoms*. When machines are "sick", they display

I'm reading some text about a device performing a
self-test. As the device performs each step of the
self test, the operator is supposed to watch for
particular problems. For example, one of the steps is
that the screen lights up completely. The "symptom" to
watch for is dark spots or lines.

Would you use the word "symptom" in this instance?


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