Re: VCR technical symbols?

From: John Hudson (
Date: Mon Aug 29 2005 - 11:30:37 CDT

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    Peter Kirk wrote:

    > I see the point. But it takes significantly more processing, especially
    > for a second language speaker of English etc, to understand something
    > like the near-tautology "To pause the tape, press the PAUSE button" and
    > then to find out which button is actually the PAUSE button (which may
    > require consulting a non-plain text picture of the device), than it does
    > to understand "To pause the tape, press the ❚❚ button".

    Yes, but by the same token, it is desirable, or even necessary, in a software manual to
    show a graphic of the toolbar icon for a particular function. These are also user
    interface symbols, but I think most people would want to avoid encoding every software
    toolbar icon in existence in Unicode. So what makes the VCR/CD user interface symbols more
    likely candidates for encoding? Presumably the fact that they are used so widely and are
    standardised among manufacturers. But some software UI icons also seem to have become
    standardised, e.g. the little floppy icon for 'Save' or the little printer icon for
    'Print'. Should these be encoded?

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
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