3. Writing for an International Audience

Illustrations and Screen Examples

Follow these pointers to maximize the international appeal and comprehensibility of illustrations and screen examples.

    For example, almost every country has its own type of power plug. Instead of illustrating each type of plug, use generic plugs and receptacles, as in Figure 3-1.

    However, when describing various types of plugs and receptacles, illustrate and label the type used in each country, as shown in Figure 3-2.

    Figure 3-1 Generic Plugs and Receptacles

    Figure 3-2 International Plugs and Receptacles

    Figure 3-3 Possible Obscene Gestures

    Instead of:


    Use a generic example:


    For example, a light bulb may be used to indicate light, but not the concept of an idea.