Re: Redundancy and hazards

Subject: Re: Redundancy and hazards
From: Susan Fowler <sfowler -at- EJV -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 1994 14:09:38 EST

Re: "has anyone looked into how other companies with similar equipment have
worded warnings like this in their instruction manuals? It seems to me that
the sentence should be
much more specific... and much stronger."

Once you put it that way, Ellie, then a whole new source of information opens
up: ANSI's standard Z535.4 (Product Safety Signs & Labels), which describes a
3-level hazard-alert system (Danger, Warning, and Caution). Also included are
specific instructions for writing hazard warnings and for defining graphics to
go with them.

You can get the ANSI standards by calling ANSI at 212/642-4900. The standard is
$35 (cheap at any price if it prevents an injury or a lawsuit). Information
from the standards is also included in The GUI Style Guide (ISBN
0-12-263590-6), but that's $39.95.

Susan Fowler
sfowler -at- ejv -dot- com
(co-author of GUI Style Guide)

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