sketch wrote:The double colon proposal is not an interim solution. I feel strongly that the double colon is more logical than the slash in some places.
I-110 S takes you to Biloxi. What's the clearest most logical way to signify this while using the fewest characters possible?
"I-110 S: Biloxi"
"I-110 S / Biloxi"
It's the colon. A slash implies an option, a choice. You are not choosing between I-110 S and Biloxi, you are taking I-110 S to get to Biloxi.
And, you know, now that I've been thinking about it, I don't like the "to" either. It can be ambiguous: is it "US-90 to Gulf Shores" or "US-92 / Gulf Shores"?
The only objection to the double colon, as I see it, is that it's not accepted in English sentence constructions. But we aren't constructing sentences here. We're trying to get our points across logically and clearly, both visually and aurally.
Actually, it's probably the worst I have seen visually. A double colon really makes no sense visually, esp. in this scenario, at least to me. At a quick glance (which is all driving allows), a double colon will not tell me where the information required is, as I'll read after the colon, and half the sign is missing. . .
I also agree that the to is very ambigious, esp. when signs actually have "to". However, this actually works well in those cases, to me, at least.
For example, we have a BGS that says "US-129 N to US-321 N" with the cities "Fontana" and "Atlanta" underneath it.
With double colons (not an exit, it's the straight through):
"US-129: to US-411 S: Fontana / Atlanta"
If it was an exit, for example, we would end up with a triple colon:
"Exit 00: US-129: to US-411 S: Fontana / Atlanta"
That looks rather complicated to me, honestly. I would personally perfer:
"Exit 00: US-129 to US-411 / Fontana / Atlanta"
The to conveys to US-411, but also to Fontana, and to Atlanta, with a quick glance easily denoting where the exit number is, and a longer glance allows seeing at least US-129 to US-411 really easily, to me, at least, again.
With the double/triple colon, it really blurs to me, without being able to quickly glance, since a colon (which is really distinguishable) means absolutely nothing now with that. Before the colon was an exit number, quick to read, after was the sign (thus, a colon marking a very good starting place, since, to me at least, they are very easy to depict), but with double colons, I need to identify the colon I am looking at in order to be able to know where the sign begins. It's not a good visual reference.