Re: Intuitive?

Subject: Re: Intuitive?
From: Iain Harrison <iharrison -at- SCT -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 11:30:17 GMT

Cold is on the right and hot on the left;
IME, that is true about 45% of the time. 45% of the time it is the
other way around, and in the remaining 10% there is no hot in either

the handle on a toilet is on the right;

It depends on which way you are facing, and which way the pipes run.
Normally, the handle is on the opposite side to where the feed pipe
comes in - the cistern usually has holes each side. I live in a house
built in 1836, (but the plumbing was added some time after then) and
the 'handle' is a chain hanging down, extended by a leather strap so
that the children can reach it.

up is on and down is off;

In the UK, up is off, down is on, unless it is something imported from
the USA. Even then, many importer turn the switch over.

bars mean pull and handles mean push;

Maybe. Or maybe the architect liked handles better than bars. A better
rule is that in public buildings, doors open towards the exit.

and the minimize button is a little down arrow in the
upper-right corner of a Windows application.

Unless it is a Window 95 application

I think I'm saying that it is too easy to assume that everyone has the
same 'standards'. You can't take very much for granted at all.

Personally, I have never seen a US-style mailbox with a flag,
irrespective of what a raised flag means. Our post is delivered
through the door except in very remote places, and generally collected
from public pillarboxes, not from private letterboxes.

Iain Harrison
iharrison -at- sct -dot- co -dot- uk
iain -at- hairydog -dot- clara -dot- net
TechComm web pages

TECHWR-L (Technical Communication) List Information: To send a message
to 2500+ readers, e-mail to TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU -dot- Send commands
Search the archives at or search and
browse the archives at

Previous by Author: Re: Years(') of experience
Next by Author: Click twice
Previous by Thread: UCLA short course on "Machine Translation"
Next by Thread: (Fwd) Re: Re[2]: our listowner

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads

Sponsored Ads