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Subject: Warning text
From: Norm Dancy <norm -at- navix -dot- jp>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- c <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 09:50:57 +0900

I have to check a lot of user's manuals for consumer electronic devices. They usually have a block of text warning that there is dangerous voltage inside and not to open the case. The problem I have is that they use double quotes around _dangerous voltage_. Since those two words are not a quote and not a special use of a technical term the quotes indicate to me irony as if it is not really "dangerous". Shouldn't the double quotes be deleted? I've searched the Internet but cannot find any published standard or requirement for this particular text blob. The text is quoted below:

The lightning flash with the arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

P.S. I also feel that "...constitute a risk of electric shock to persons." is superfluous and should just be "...constitute a risk of electric shock."

Norm Dancy


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