RE: Can authoring using graphics = no localization.

Subject: RE: Can authoring using graphics = no localization.
From: Bill Burns <bburns -at- scriptorium -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 09:06:12 -0700

It's an interesting idea, but keep in mind that images are just as culture-dependent as language, maybe more so since they occur in a context that is typically not culturally neutral. Everyday objects can look very different depending on who designed them. Even houses look different depending on the culture. That little house icon on your browser looks like a pretty typical North American house. In other climates, that pitched roof isn't as common. The example I use most often is the little mailbox icon that so many email applications used to use. Works fine for rural North America. Doesn't make any sense at all for folks in Europe (looks more like a railroad tunnel to them).

Along with issues of syntax, you would have a lot of work ahead of you since you're essentially coming up with one or more new written languages. It could be a worthwhile effort, but it would be a lot of work.

Bill Burns, Senior Technical Consultant, Scriptorium Publishing
FrameMaker ACE, WebWorks Publisher Certified Trainer
bburns -at- scriptorium -dot- com - 208-484-4459

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