Re: Document Standards

Subject: Re: Document Standards
From: Paul Goble <pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 15:15:45 -0600

Those look like GINITEX laundry symbols, with the dots representing the
tumble dryer temperature (1=low, 2=normal), and the lines representing
increasing degrees of gentleness. Do I get the prize? Another example of
the misconception that icons are inherently more internationally understood
than words. At least with words, you know there will be one set of people
who understand them. On the other hand, using icons is "safe" in that no
one will accuse you of being imperialistic by choosing a particular
language.

> Here are four of them. They have four separate meanings. Your task,
should you choose to accept it, is to translate even just one them into any
> human language at all. (The octagon is supposed to be a circle.)

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References:
Document Standards: From: Connie Ross
Re: Document Standards: From: Paul Goble
Re: Document Standards: From: Peter Neilson

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