Re: Some Questions About Thinking

Daniel Smith (
Fri, 24 Mar 1995 13:13:49 -0800

>Doesn't a visual representation of an object over come cultural and language
>problems by being language independent ??

No, not always. There was a point in the development of
AutoCAD R13 where this came up. Take the case of "erase". You can
express this in the U.S. by having an icon of pencil with an eraser.
In Japan, if I recall correctly, they don't have erasers on their
pencils, so the icon doesn't make as much sense. In other words,
visuals will get you there easier than words, but you still have to
pay attention to what makes sense for different cultures.


Daniel L Smith
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