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Subject:Re: Icons for Cautions, Warnings From:Kristi L Koscianski <kosc0001 -at- GOLD -dot- TC -dot- UMN -dot- EDU> Date:Wed, 16 Nov 1994 15:53:54 -0600
On Wed, 16 Nov 1994, Chris Dresden/HQ/3Com wrote:
> I need opinions on what other companies use as icons for cautions and warnings
> in their manuals. As background, our cautions contain directions that you
> follow to avoid immediate system damange or loss of data. Warnings contain
> directions that you must follow for your personal safety.
> For cautions we use an exclamation point inside an inverted triangle.
> For warnings we use a lightning bolt inside a triangle.
> Some of the compliance engineers say there is no recognized symbol for
> and that we are misusing the warning symbol by inverting the triangle.
> ISO recommends a triangle for a general safety alert. The symbol inside the
> triangle is specific to the danger. I couldn't find any symbol cautions.
> Any and all opinions are welcome.
I am working on a project for the State of MN. We are writing on-line
help for PeopleSoft software.In the on-line help we have many warning
statements and the icon we use is the palm of a hand, symbolizing stop,
with the word warning in red above it.