Re: icon to indicate a feature is different on different products

Subject: Re: icon to indicate a feature is different on different products
From: "rebecca officer" <rebecca -dot- officer -at- alliedtelesis -dot- co -dot- nz>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:43:54 +1300

Hi everyone

Thanks for the comments - the hangsman's noose idea gave me a good laugh this morning!

The exclamation mark symbol is a good thought, but we already use it for some warning statements.

Peter, I'm going to put in tables as well, at the main place where I write about each feature. I want the icon for cases where there are "incidental" references.

For example, in a procedure for Foo, I often have to say stuff like "Step 3: If your device also supports Bar, also do x." I'd like to put a xref there to say "To see if your device supports Bar, click here". But that's a bit much text, so instead I want to put an icon there for people to click on.

I might compromise: make an icon and combine it with a few words. "Bar support" + an icon would prob be ok.

Cheers
Rebecca

>>> "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> 31/10/13 00:16 >>>
Never heard of one. "YMMV" is a common geek trope. How about a table (koff
koff) that lists the supposedly identical features that differ across
products, with a precis of the differences for each?

Feature + Product + Unique aspects compared with other products
--------|---------|--------------------------------------------
Blink | Frob | Text blinks
Blink | Frob-II | Background color blinks
Start | IBM 360 | Computer starts
Start | Windows | Command for computer to stop

On Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:40:19 -0400, rebecca officer
<rebecca -dot- officer -at- alliedtelesis -dot- co -dot- nz> wrote:

> ... Some features are missing from some products, and some are on all
> products but behave differently.
> I'd like to mark both of these cases these with an icon, to highlight to
> readers that there are differences. Just a visual cue that says "this
> feature isn't the same on all products!"


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