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Subject:Re: black box From:Holly Turner <hturner -at- ISS -dot- NET> Date:Wed, 4 Mar 1998 14:01:35 -0500
In our printed documentation, we are considering using tabs to denote one chapter from the next chapter. One of the members of our team wants to use a a black square placed on the edge of the paper with the number of the chapter in white text.
I have heard that a black square, or box, is a symbol for death in some countries.
Sorry for not being more specific the first time.
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PS I did not purposefully attach any file to this e-mail or the first e-mail I sent to TECHWR-L. It must be my e-mail system??
From: Phelan, Mike [SMTP:Mike -dot- Phelan -at- MEDAPHIS -dot- COM]
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 1998 12:44 PM
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Subject: black box
What is the black box? What is it used for? What is the context in which
it will be used?
White is regarded as the traditional color of mourning in Asia, but I
remember always seeing people wearing black to funerals. Men wear black
suits and ties, women black kimono with elaborate designs. I think you
need to specify the context and identity of the "black box." As a
cultural anthropologist, I can say for sure that cultural symbolism is
I can't identify the file format of the attachment you sent, so I can't
do anything with it. Can you tell me what it is?
Senior Technical Writer
San Jose, California