RE: Warning text

Subject: RE: Warning text
From: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: "Norm Dancy" <norm -at- navix -dot- jp>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- c" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2006 18:56:08 -0700

Norm Dancy wrote:

> 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".

Oh, and this may help you justify the double quotes to yourself: It's
not necessarily just high voltage that kills people; it's a combination
of voltage and current, plus -- if it's AC -- the frequency... And
environmental factors figure into the probability of death, too.

Given that, "dangerous voltage" isn't an accurate description of the
scary stuff lurking inside the product, but the term is used anyway
because it makes perfect sense to non-technical users. If, instead of
"dangerous voltages", the text warned of uninsulated "bad mojo", you'd
put quotes around THAT...


=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
=== Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA

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