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Guidelines for using symbols
Symbols are great....but it is worth abiding by a few basic
principles to make sure they HELP rather than HINDER.
A "symbol" is anything, a mark, sign, letter or short word,
represent a thing, or group of synonymous concepts.
|Why... use symbols?
|| - they are quicker and easier to write
- they eliminate source language interference
(calque)....because they represent ideas not words
|How... to use symbols?
||- symbols should be clear and unambiguous
- prepare symbols in advance, don't improvise
save much heart-ache.
- consistent. If "E" is "energy"
then let it stay that way. Find another symbol for "environment"
- make them organic....from
one symbol can grow many other related symbols (see below)
|What... to note with symbols?
||- ideas that recur....ie. think, discuss, propose,
decide. These symbols can be used regardless of the meeting topic.
- and/or specific technical terminology encountered
meeting preparation. These symbols will be used once and discarded.