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When you deal with chemicals of some sort, there are often warning labels on them. There’s a standardised family of European Hazard Symbols just for that. They are bright, easily seen and even if you’re not sure about the details of their meaning, you will notice there is a danger. But usually those symbols are accompanied by a written explanation of the danger in question, possibly in a number of languages.

Invariably it looks to me as if those warnings are not made to be actually read. Simply because it is rather hard to do so with the tiny type and impenetrable layout they use. So you get text which is so unattractive to read that you will just ignore it by default. And text which is so hard to read that you won’t be able to do it when you’ve got some chemical burning in your eye. Seems a bit absurd to me.

Warning label on a bottle of Wetting agent

February 15, 2008, 9:49

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