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2.09 ICON and Symbols

Requirements about ICON has to be separated into two. One is whether if there are any special (prohibited to use in particular) symbols or not for IT application and/or within normal ICONS. Another is applicability of international guidance in ISO 3864
Special Requirements ISO 3864 applicability
China CNA n/a note-2 yes
Hong Kong HKG n/a yes
India IND n/a
Indonesia INA n/a yes
Japan JPN n/a note-1 yes
Korea KOR n/a yes
Malaysia MAS n/a
Philippines PHI n/a yes
Singapore SIN n/a yes
Thailand THI n/a yes

note-1: Following JIS standards include special symbols for Japanese use.
JIS X 0208, JIS X 0212, JIS Z 9101 (Japanese Standard) is translated ISO 3864
note-2: ISO 3864-1984 had been adopted for Chinese GB2894-1988 identically. Besides this standard, ISO 7001-1990(Graphical symbols for use on public information signs) has been adapted for Chinese Standard GB/T 10001-1994 too.
rem-1: Related standards are ICS 01.080.XX, ISO 2047, ISO 3864, ISO 7001, GB 2894, GB/T10001,
JIS X 0209, JIS Z 9101, JIS Z 9104, KS C 5713, PNS 1082, PNS 1083, PNS 3864

2.09.1 Check Marks (ICON and SYMBOLS)

Style of check marks are culturally dependent. Sometimes it could cause unnecessary misunderstanding.

For example, X mark in a list means NOT AVAILABLE (or negative tone) in Japan and normally is used for AVAILABLE (or yes)

China CNA (2713 check mark) or :available, yes, right/true
:not available
Hong Kong HKG (2713check mark) or Y: available
,N or SPACE: not available
India IND (2713check mark): right or available, yes or positive meaning
: wrong or not available, no or negative meaning
or ?: Doubtful or not clear
Indonesia INA no specific rule
(2713 checmark): right/true
: wrong
Japan JPN : Available, yes or positive meaning
: Not- available, no or negative meaning
: Between and or sometimes yes
: Very much yes, super, or very positive
: Negative, No
(2713check mark): check mark (no special meaning such as yes/no)
Korea KOR: Available, yes or positive meaning
: Not- available, no or negative meaning
: Between and or sometimes yes
: Very much yes, super,or very positive
(2713check mark): check mark (no special meaning such as yes/no)
Malaysia MAS(2713check mark): available
: not available
Philippines PHI : available(yes)
: not-available (no)
Singapore SIN (2713 check mark): available note-1
:not-available (no)
Thailand THI no specific custom for check mark

note-1: In case of check box, following two mean the same


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