Wang 300 Calc
compoobah at valleyimplants.com
Wed Sep 12 20:42:56 CDT 2007
The good news is that the symbols (at least for modernish interfaces)
seem to be being standardized. Be nice if they back-standardized though
for things like serial and parallel.
Another issue with words is "which $LANGUAGE" - I remember distinctly
opening up the Volvo service manual and being totally confused by
"bonnet" when I was about 12. I imagine that someone in England would
be even more confused by "hood" (since I think it means the drop-top on
a convertible over there). Symbols are fair in that they are equally
inconvienient for all.
BTW "la computadora" is the standard in Latin America (where the stop
signs are a red octagon with "ALTO" in them).
What I would like to see is connectors designed to be easy to mate. I
dislike struggling with a connector because I'm some small fraction of
an inch off and eventually having to take everything off the machine
and turn it around so I can see what I'm doing. The modular jacks are
good for blind connections, but USB is terrible (and most D-subs are
hard, too. At least 13W3 gives you a tactile method to determine
whether you're right-side up).
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