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...The benefit of a symbol is that it doesn't need translation...
One of the other techwriters in our far-flung firm suggested a
handful of icons that she'd dredged up, with monitor being...
a monitor screen, operator being a head-and-shoulders stylized
representation of "guy with hardhat", and admin being a head-
and-shoulders stylized representation of "guy with lab-coat,
tie and glasses". Apparently, she didn't view them as being
politically incorrect (where's "woman-with..."). :-)
But, it turns out that those icons were from a collection
that's "free for non-commercial use" only.
Let's not debate an approach that you are obviously happy with and which
addresses the needs of your audience. If it's icons you want, then icons
you shall have! Please see Leo's archive at http://www.iconarchive.com/.
Tell him I sent you! Kidding...don't know Leo but he has quite an
assortment in .ico and .gif formats (a number of which are
freeware)...that makes him an instant pal!
This discussion however reminds us of the great need that exists for
help paradigms/systems that support adaptive (not conditional) content.
Wouldn't it be great to be able to dynamically tailor content to user
access rights, without the associated dentistry! Hfinger has more to say
about this at http://blogs.msdn.com/apblog/archive/2005/05/04/414666.aspx.
"The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words."
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