RE: symbolize roles

Subject: RE: symbolize roles
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 09:54:02 -0400

Ed Wurster [mailto:glassnet -at- gmail -dot- com]
> I meant to post this link:
> I would use the examples for my design model, and change various
> details so that the result is not confusing to the reader.
> A decent graphic artist can kick out 6 variations for you.
> I would concentrate on the outline, or monotone first. It sounds like
> you would attach the three graphics (colorless) to a page. When the
> procedure applies, "light up" the appropriate graphic, with color.

Well thanks, but those are variants of warning symbols.
The piece that's missing is precisely the piece that I
was asking about -- what you call "various details".

I know that I can put any kind of picture at all inside
a caution triangle, a "don't do this" barred circle,
a blue or green "do this circle".


a) I'm not telling anyone, symbolically or not, to do
something or to avoid doing something (I have symbols
for Note, Caution and Warning that appear next to text
that warrants them... that's a light-years-separate issue)
There's no hazard associated with the roles, per se.
It's merely that, if you can login only as operator, then
some of the text on certain Help pages is not going to
be of any use to you (though it would to someone who could
login as admin). If you can login only as monitor, then
most of the text on certain pages is going to be of little
use to you, since you can't even see (let alone invoke)
the described commands when you use the interface.

b) it's the what's-inside-the-outline that's in question.

What's a symbol that either a lot of people would recognize
as "system operator", or could readily be taught that meaning
without conflict with some other usage?

What's a symbol (or an outline for symbols) that either a
lot of people would recognize as "system admin", or could
readily be taught that meaning without conflict with some
other usage? And which would be easily distinguishable from
the symbol for "system operator"?

Same question for "system monitor".

OR... if those terms are too specific,
What's a symbol that represents "highest local authority",
and is commonly used with what other symbol to represent
"regular grunt labor", and in turn could be (or is) used
near what symbol to represent "empowered to look and warn,
but not to make changes". (Hmm. Crossing guard? :-)

Gee, it's almost like the UNIX file permissions RWX
(Read, Write, Execute), although they'd be in an
order more like WXR (highest to lowest)... but those are
not symbolic, even if they do convey the flavor to readers
who happen to be knowledgeable.


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