RE(2): Standard abbreviations for colors

Subject: RE(2): Standard abbreviations for colors
From: "Ridder, Fred" <F -dot- Ridder -at- DIALOGIC -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 31 May 1997 12:10:40 -0400

One cautionary note about Barry Kieffer's helpful list of standard
abbreviations for wire colors:

These are American standards and presuppose the use of English.

Color abbreviations pose significant problems in terms of translation
and localization. My own first experience with this came when I was
reading the wiring harness diagram for a beloved (and alas long-gone)
BMW 2002tii, which used German abbreviations for wire colors.
Fortunately German is my ancestral language so I had a clue that
Sw = schwartz = black
Ge = gelb = yellow
We = weiss = white
An English-speaker can probably guess correctly on "white", but
the other two are not intuitively obvious.

Fred Ridder
f -dot- ridder -at- dialogic -dot- com
Senior Technical Writer
Dialogic Corporation

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>-----Original Message-----
>From: barryk -at- MDHOST -dot- CSE -dot- TEK -dot- COM [SMTP:barryk -at- MDHOST -dot- CSE -dot- TEK -dot- COM]
>Sent: Friday, May 30, 1997 3:32 PM
>Subject: Re: Standard abbreviations for colors
>On Fri, 30 May 1997, John Vaughan wrote:
>> I am wondering if anyone can tell me what the standard abbreviations for
>> colors are? For instance, when labeling wires on a diagram, I wish to
>> abbreviate the colors something like this:
>> Bl = Blue
>> Br = Brown
>> Gr = Gray
>> Gn = Green
>> O = Orange
>> R = Red
>> W = White
>> etc...
>The standard abbreviations are always in caps and as follows:
>BLK black
>BRN brown
>RED red
>ORN orange
>YEL yellow
>GRN green
>BLU blue
>VIO violet
>GRA gray
>WHT white
>and for solid color wires striped with a color the base color is always
>stated first:
>These are based on MIL-STD's and EIA standards.
>Hope this helps.
>Barry Kieffer

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