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Guide to good symbol content
A checklist for creating symbolised content
Choosing your method of symbolising:
- Do you know what it is that you want to write?
- Who will read it?
Just symbol readers?
Symbol readers and non-symbol readers?
- In what media will your content be available?
E.g. A leaflet? A letter? A website?
Which method of symbolising have you chosen?
- Fully symbolised
- Symbol summaries
- Content highlights
- Key Symbols
- Does your choice of media have enough space for your symbolised content?
Don’t forget that symbolised text takes up more room than non-symbolised text.
If you are using key symbols or a content highlight…
- Do your symbols illustrate the key information?
- Are your symbols as transparent as possible? (See Widgit structure)
- Does each symbol accurately represent the meaning of the concept?
(See an example of the two different symbols used to indicate different gyms in a leisure centre in Creating key symbols)
- Are your symbols consistent with each other?
- If you are creating a symbol highlight, do the symbols form a logical sequence?
If you writing symbol summary or fully symbolised content…
Writing your content
Making a bulleted list of the points you want to include is a good starting point.
- Are your sentences as short as possible?
- Is your language appropriate for your readers?
- Have you checked your content’s simplicity by saying it aloud?
If you are creating symbol summaries…
- Do your summaries cover all of the key information in your document?
- Are your summaries no more than four lines long?
Symbolising your content
- Does each symbol accurately represent the word’s meaning in the context of the sentence?
Remember you can retext symbols to help find the most appropriate image
- Do the symbols cover all of the main information points in the sentence?
- Have you turned off any abstract symbols unnecessary to your reader?
- Have you turned on/off any qualifier graphics relevant to your readers level?
- Are all your symbols consistent with each other?
- Does your layout reinforce the punctuation?
- Have you used no more than eight symbols per line?
- Can you clearly see the beginning and end of every sentence?
Read just the symbolised words aloud to make sure you have symbolised all the information-carrying words. Look at just the symbols without the text; do they make sense?