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RE: "Thumbs-up" symbol

From: Aykin, Nuray, ALTEC <aykin@att.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 10:03:37 -0400
Message-Id: <199808311401.KAA12942@njb140r1.ems.att.com>
To: www-international@w3.org, "'Bert Bos'" <Bert.Bos@sophia.inria.fr>

The "thumbs-up" symbol can be offending in some countries.  There are some
references related to that.  Using "any body parts" as a part of an icon
should be avoided since there is no universal code for hand gestures.  In
many countries, it could become meaningless or even offensive.

Nuray


Nuray Aykin
Technical Manager
User-Centered Globalization Group
AT&T Labs
+1 732 949 4485
aykin@att.com


> ----------
> From: 	Bert Bos[SMTP:Bert.Bos@sophia.inria.fr]
> Sent: 	Monday, August 31, 1998 9:01 AM
> To: 	www-international@w3.org
> Subject: 	"Thumbs-up" symbol
> 
> I'm looking for two icons to indicate that something is either OK
> (up-to-date, correct, checked, etc.), or not OK (out-of-date, incorrect,
> unchecked, etc.). I thought of using a "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down"
> icon, but I'm not sure how widely it is understood.
> 
> The "thumbs-up" looks like a fist seen from the side with the thumb
> pointing up, the "thumbs-down" is the same upside down. Something like 
> this:
> 
>            _
>           | \
>           |  |
>           /  |
>          /  /___
>     ____/    ___>
>              ____>
>              ___>
>     -----_______>
> 
> 
> 
> I know this sign is recognized in many countries, but I don't know how 
> many, or if there are any where it has a different meaning.
> 
> I know the "thumbs-up" could also mean hitchhiking, but the
> context will probably take care of that.
> 
> 
> Bert
> -- 
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> 
Received on Monday, 31 August 1998 13:11:12 GMT

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