Re: Is the boot logo politically correct?

Tim Smith (
Sun, 26 Jul 1998 12:20:48 -0700

At 08:53 PM 7/26/98 +0300, Johan Myréen wrote:
>bootup? This message is not intended as a moral sermon on the
>dangers of alcohol (I drink beer myself), but as a reminder
>that not all cultures look that lightly on alcohol, at least
>not officially.
>I would guess the reaction of these people to the logo is
>about the same as how the average westener would react to an
>injection needle in the hand of the penguin...

There's a wonderfully useful book from Apple on internationalizing software
for the Mac that would probably be very useful here. It has lists of
various symbols that are offensive in various cultures. Anyone designing
logos, icons, or putting images in a graphical application probably should
get a copy.

Considering what happened to Salmon Rushdie, I'd sure hate to make some
playful icon or symbol, and find that I've pissed off Iran.

--Tim Smith

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