Writers often assume that readers understand not only English, but specifically American English! This section shows how to write information that is usable for an international audience, which can be defined as those who use publications and information centers:
When reading English text, many of them use dictionaries to look up unfamiliar English terms. The guidelines listed here will help ensure that publications and information centers are usable for the entire audience. As a general rule, we must remember to write user interface information with an international audience in mind (for ease of translation into other languages, and for ease of understanding by non-English audiences).
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- Guidelines quick reference
- A: User interface
- B: Writing for an international audience
- C: Respect for culture and conventions
- D: Product structure in a globalized environment
- E: Input and output interfaces
- F: Coded character sets
- G: Introducing Asian ideographic scripts
- H: Languages with a bidirectional script
- I: The cursive Arabic script