Re: Wordless Docs (was : how do you indicate blinking lights?)

Subject: Re: Wordless Docs (was : how do you indicate blinking lights?)
From: J Wermont <jwermont -at- sonic -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2008 17:55:13 -0800

Martinek, Carla wrote:

> I hate "wordless" documentation! It reduces the possibility of clear
> communication in at least one language into a guessing game in no
> language at all.
> Elevators have buttons marked <|> and >|<. They are presumably for "open
> door" and "close door" respectively, but by the time you remember which
> is which, the doors have already opened or closed. The only one you
> actually want is "open door" so that you can hold the door open for
> someone, but you're afraid to press either of them, for fear you might
> have guessed wrong. Instead you stick you hand into the closing
> guillotine. There's no point in arguing the issue with elevator gurus,
> because the meaning of the buttons is totally clear to them.

You need to view this site for comic relief:

It's full of wordless documentation, with the words added by
submitters in a helpful attempt to make them more understandable. :)

I'm hoping this will be new to at least some of you!



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Re: how do you indicate blinking lights?: From: Peter Neilson
Wordless Docs (was : how do you indicate blinking lights?): From: Martinek, Carla

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