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Designing for diverse cultures

  1. Apr 8, 2007 #1

    honestrosewater

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    I was just reading the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines, which tell application developers how to make their applications integrate well into GNOME, and the internationalization section closes with a list of some common things to avoid:
    Does anyone know the reason behind the last one? Why and to whom might depicting only hands or feet be offensive or suggest something probably unintended? I can't think of anything.
     
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  3. Apr 10, 2007 #2
    As I understand it, Islam forbids any iconography (including images of Mohammed), which is why Moslem art and architecture is characterized by geometric designs and scrolls. That would account for the avoidance of animal icons, which is not what you asked, but I mention it because I think what's really being suggested is that designers should be sensitive to the Arabic culture.

    Which brings me to your question. Arabs can be very offended by body language involving hands and especially feet in ways that might seem harmless to others. For instance, it is considered impolite to point the sole of your foot or shoe at another person. So just to be on the safe side, it might be best to avoid any depictions of hands or feet.

    That's all I can think of.

    (Of course, there are many non-Arab Moslems as well)
     
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  4. Apr 11, 2007 #3

    honestrosewater

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    Ah, right. That makes sense. I'll have to read more about that now. Thanks! :smile:
     
  5. Apr 12, 2007 #4

    wolram

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    This thread is so wrong, why should some gesture be insufferable to one race,
    and acceptable to another? are we as the (human race) so narrow minded,
    if we can not call a spade a spade how the heck will we ever communicate without hostility.
     
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