Wang 300 Calc
dkelvey at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 9 12:41:36 CDT 2007
> From: lproven at gmail.com
---snip---> > Icons, pictograms and so on need no translation and little literacy.> > This concept is elaborated well in Neal Stephenson's /The Diamond Age/.>
The problem is that even pictorial icons require context. They are
as useless as another language if the user can't determine what the
symbol refers to.
I'm entering on a Windows Live mail tool. About the only symbol that
makes any sense is the closed envelope. Others I recognize because
I use them often. I could just as easily have learned Chinese symbols
for these functions.
As reference, read Jef Raskin's ( note: proper use this time ) book.
Making universal symbols is just as limiting and using language. In many
cases worse. It was a nice idea that just wasn't based on fact. Now
we are all stuck with it.
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