Making communication accessible is a constant challenge. We may use plain language, carefully structured text, illustrative pictures as tools to communicate. Widgit Software add symbols to the toolbox. [Via: BBC Tech News]
Is it important to understand that symbols are different from pictures. We use the word picture to describe an illustration in a book, or a drawing on the wall. Pictures convey a lot of information at once and their focus is often unclear.
Symbol based language and communication has been developed over many years and has a visual structure that supports different parts of speech.
Widgit’s site has explanations of symbols, links to sites using symbols and announces a new symbol browser, Webwise.