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A U.S. warning sign about children in the road, and a speed limit notice
A U.S. warning sign about children in the road, and a speed limit notice
A U.S. warning sign indicating that drivers who do not wish to exit immediately should merge left, and a prohibitory "No Stopping" sign
A U.S. warning sign indicating that drivers who do not wish to exit immediately should merge left, and a prohibitory "No Stopping" sign

Most countries place signs, known as traffic signs or road signs, at the side of roads to impart information to road users. Since language differences can create barriers to understanding, international signs using symbols in place of words have been developed in Europe and adopted in most countries and areas of the world. Annexe 1 of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals of November 8, 1968 defines eight categories of signs: Download high resolution version (500x791, 89 KB)Picture of Road signs Taken by Raul654 on September 2, 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (500x791, 89 KB)Picture of Road signs Taken by Raul654 on September 2, 2004 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... ... A speed limit is the maximum speed allowed by law for vehicles on a road. ... Thru Traffic Merge Left warning sign in [Los Angeles, California]]. Taken and uploaded on January 15, 2005 by user Coolcaesar. ... Thru Traffic Merge Left warning sign in [Los Angeles, California]]. Taken and uploaded on January 15, 2005 by user Coolcaesar. ... ... A typical rural county road in Indiana, USA, where traffic drives on the right. ... World map showing location of Europe When considered a continent, Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...

  • A. Danger warning signs
  • B. Priority signs
  • C. Prohibitory or restrictive signs
  • D. Mandatory signs
  • E. Special regulation signs
  • F. Information, facilities, or service signs
  • G. Direction, position, or indication signs
  • H. Additional panels

However, countries and areas categorize road signs in different ways. A traffic warning sign is a type of traffic sign that indicates a hazard ahead on the road. ... Categories: Stub | Traffic signs ... Prohibitory traffic signs Prohibitory traffic signs are used to prohibit certain types of manoeuvres or some types of traffic. ...

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History

The earliest road signs gave directions; for example, the Romans erected stone columns throughout their empire giving the distance to Rome. In the Middle Ages multidirectional signs at intersections became common, giving directions to cities and towns. The Roman Empire is the term conventionally used to describe the Ancient Roman polity in the centuries following its reorganization under the leadership of cesarus vaginius (better known as Caesar Augustus). ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ...


Traffic signs became more important with the development of automobiles. The basic patterns of most traffic signs were set at the 1908 International Road Congress in Rome. Since then there have been considerable change. Today they are almost all metal rather than wood and are coated with retroreflective sheetings of various types for nighttime and low-light visibility. 1908 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC mythical, 1st millennium BC Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Democratici di Sinistra) Area  - City Proper  1290 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,546,807 almost 4,000,000 1... A retroreflector is a device that sends light or other radiation back where it came from regardless of the angle of incidence, unlike a mirror, which does that only if the mirror is exactly perpendicular to the light beam. ...


Categorization

United States of America

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Design

North America and Australia

A reflective stop sign with a black background, and two reflective street signs with the Orlando, Florida city logo.
A reflective stop sign with a black background, and two reflective street signs with the Orlando, Florida city logo.

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Color schemes

In North America and Australia, signs generally adhere to the following colours: World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west...

Regulatory signs are also sometimes seen with white letters on red or black signs. In Quebec, the usage of blue and brown is reversed, and many black-on-yellow signs are red-on-white instead. Many U.S. states now use fluorescent orange for construction signs, and fluorescent yellow-green (FYG) for school zone, crosswalk, pedestrian, and bicycle warning signs. Fluorescent pink signs are sometimes used for incident management warning. Look up Green on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Green is a color seen commonly in nature. ... White is a color (more accurately it contains all the colors of the visible spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ... Brown is a color produced by mixing small intensities of red and green, orange and blue, or yellow and purple pigment. ... An Australian park A park is any of a number of geographic features. ... A historic site is a location where pieces of history have been preserved. ... A ski area is a place where one goes to participate in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. ... A dense growth of softwoods (a forest) in the Sierra Nevada Range of Northern California A forest (A.K.A. woods) is an area with a high density of trees (or, historically, a wooded area set aside for hunting). ... A campsite (or campground) is a place used for camping. ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation) Blue is one of the three primary additive colors; blue light has the shortest wavelength range (about 420-490 nanometres) of the three primary colors. ... Rest area on northbound Interstate 81 at milepost 262 in Rockingham County, Virginia. ... Gasoline, as it is known in North America, or petrol (abbreviated from petroleum spirit), in many Commonwealth countries (sometimes also called motor spirit) is a petroleum-derived liquid mixture consisting primarily of hydrocarbons, used as fuel in internal combustion engines. ... Gasoline, as it is known in North America, or petrol, in many Commonwealth countries (sometimes also called motor spirit) is a petroleum-derived liquid mixture consisting primarily of hydrocarbons, used as fuel in internal combustion engines. ... People who travel and stay away from home for more than a day need lodging mainly for sleeping. ... White is a color (more accurately it contains all the colors of the visible spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ... Red is a color at the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ... Black is a color with several subtle differences in meaning. ... A speed limit is the maximum speed allowed by law for vehicles on a road. ... Parking is the act of stopping a vehicle, exiting it, and leaving the vehicle unoccupied for more than a brief time. ... Yellow is a color with a wavelength 565-590 nanometers. ... A school zone refers to the area of a street near a school, where the speed limit is reduced to protect student pedestrians. ... The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 620–585 nanometres. ... Detour is a 1945 film noir film about a young man who takes the identity of a dead gambler, and plunges into danger. ... Beginning in 1963, a terrorist group that became known as the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) launched a decade of bombings, robberies and attacks on government offices and at least two murders by FLQ gunfire and three violent deaths by bombings. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states which have membership of the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty. ... Fluorescence induced by exposure to ultraviolet light in vials containing various sized cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dots. ... This crossing in London was famously featured on the cover of The Beatles album Abbey Road. ... Fluorescence induced by exposure to ultraviolet light in vials containing various sized cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dots. ...

Warning signs are one of the important types of traffic signs. These are types used in Europe.
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Warning signs are one of the important types of traffic signs. These are types used in Europe.
Yellow and black warning signs for Kangaroos are common in Australia.
Yellow and black warning signs for Kangaroos are common in Australia.

Warning roadsign mosaic (from Russian traffic rules) File links The following pages link to this file: Traffic sign Warning signs Categories: Images with unknown source ... Warning roadsign mosaic (from Russian traffic rules) File links The following pages link to this file: Traffic sign Warning signs Categories: Images with unknown source ... A traffic warning sign is a type of traffic sign that indicates a hazard ahead on the road. ... World map showing location of Europe When considered a continent, Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1184x888, 303 KB) Summary Kangaroo warning sign in Canberra. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1184x888, 303 KB) Summary Kangaroo warning sign in Canberra. ... Species Macropus rufus Macropus giganteus Macropus fuliginosus A Kangaroo seen in Canberra A kangaroo is any of several large macropods (the marsupial family that also includes the wallabies, tree kangaroos, wallaroos, pademelons and the quokka: 45 species in all). ...

Highway symbols and markers

Every state and province has different markers for its own highways, but use standard ones for all federal highways. Many special highways, such as the Queen Elizabeth Way or Trans-Canada Highway, or originally on U.S. highways like the Dixie Highway, have used unique signs. Counties in the U.S. sometimes use a pentagon-shaped blue sign with yellow letters for numbered county roads, though the use is inconsistent even within states. The Queen Elizabeth Way as part of the 400-series network The Queen Elizabeth Way (commonly referred to as the QEW, Q, QE, or Queen-E) is a vital freeway linking Buffalo, New York and the Niagara Peninsula with Toronto and its western suburbs. ... Example of Trans-Canada Highway marker shield. ... Dixie Highway in St. ... In geometry, a pentagon is any five-sided polygon. ...


Units

American road signs measure distances in miles rather than kilometres. Traffic signs in the United States have been standardized through the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), though they sometimes still vary from state to state, particularly on older signs. A mile is any of several units of distance, or, in physics terminology, of length. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer, symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or MUTCD, is a document issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to specify the standards by which traffic signs, road markings (see lane), and signals are designed and installed. ...


Languages

Signs in most of Canada, the U.S. and Australia are written in English. Quebec uses French, while New Brunswick uses both English and French and a number of other provinces such as Ontario and Manitoba use bilingual French-English signs in certain localities. Mexico uses Spanish. Within a few miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, road signs are often in English and Spanish. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Motto: Spem reduxit (Hope was restored) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Fredericton Largest city Saint John Lieutenant Governor Herménégilde Chiasson Premier Bernard Lord (PC) Area 72 908 km² (8th) Land 71 450 km² Water 1 458 km² (2. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th) Land 917,741 km² Water 158,654 km² (14. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Glorious and free) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Lieutenant Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Area 647,797 km² (8th) Land 553,556 km² Water 64,241 km² (14. ...


Typefaces

The typefaces predominantly used on signs in the U.S. are the FHWA alphabet series (Series B through Series F and Series E Modified). Details of letter shape and spacing for these alphabet series are given in "Standard Alphabets for Traffic Control Devices," first published by the Bureau of Public Roads (BPR) in 1945 and subsequently updated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). It is now part of Standard Highway Signs (SHS), the companion volume to the MUTCD which gives full design details for signfaces. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation that specializes in automobile transportation. ...


Initially, all of the alphabet series consisted of uppercase letters and digits only, although lowercase extensions were provided for each alphabet series in a 2002 revision of SHS. Current Series B through Series F evolved from identically named alphabet series which were introduced in 1927.


Straight-stroke letters in the 1927 series were substantially similar to their modern equivalents, but unrounded glyphs were used for letters such as B, C, D, etc., to permit more uniform fabrication of signs by illiterate painters. Various state highway departments and the federal BPR experimented with rounded versions of these letters in the following two decades.


The modern, rounded alphabet series were finally standardized in 1945 after rounded versions of some letters (with widths loosely appropriate for Series C or D) were specified as an option in the 1935 MUTCD and draft versions of the new typefaces had been used in 1942 for guide signs on the newly constructed Pentagon road network.


The mixed-case alphabet now called Series E Modified, which is the standard for destination legend on freeway guide signs, originally existed in two parts: an all-uppercase Series E Modified, which was essentially similar to Series E except for a larger stroke width, and a lowercase-only alphabet. Both parts were developed by the California Division of Highways (now Caltrans) for use on freeways in 1948-50. Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ...


Initially the Division used all-uppercase Series E Modified for button-reflectorized letters on ground-mounted signs and mixed-case legend (lowercase letters with Series D capitals) for externally illuminated overhead guide signs. Several Eastern turnpike authorities blended all-uppercase Series E Modified with the lowercase alphabet for destination legends on their guide signs.


Eventually this combination was accepted for destination legend in the first manual for signing Interstate highways, which was published in 1958 by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) and adopted as the national standard by the BPR.


A new typeface family titled "Clearview" has been developed by U.S. researchers in recent years to provide improved legibility, and is currently permitted for light legend on dark backgrounds under FHWA interim approval. Clearview is the name of several places in North America: Clearview, Ontario, Canada Clearview, Oklahoma, USA Clearview, West Virginia, USA This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Europe

In 1968 the Economic Commission for Europe produced a document, intended to unify the use of road signs, signals and road markings "...in order to facilitate international road traffic and to increase road safety". Unfortunately, the document (known as the "1968 Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals ") is so open to interpretation that it singularly failed to produce a pan-European standard, instead allowing virtually as many variations as there are countries.


Although there are similarities (most European countries use triangular warning signs, although the background is variously white, yellow or a choice of either) there are regional variations that can prove confusing. Use of the diagonal bar to signify a prohibition is used in some countries on all prohibitory signs, whereas elsewhere they are only used on 'no right turn', 'no left turn' and 'no U-turn' signs.


All EU members currently use the metric system on road signs (distances in kilometres or metres, heights/widths in metres) with the exception of the UK.


Ireland

Main article: Road signs in the Republic of Ireland

Until the partition of Ireland in 1922 and the independence of Southern Ireland (now the Republic of Ireland) British standards applied across the island. In 1926 road sign standards similar to those used in the UK at the time were adopted, albeit with Irish (Gaelic) type in addition to English. In 1956, road signs in the south were changed to markedly differ from the UK standard with the adoption of US-style "diamond" signs for many road hazard warnings (junctions, bends, railway crossings, traffic lights). Some domestic signs were also invented, such as the stay-left sign (a black curved arrow pointing to the upper-left, although these have mostly been replaced by the UK/European 'white arrow on blue disk' signs), while some other signs are not widely adopted outside Ireland, such as the no-entry sign (a black arrow pointing ahead in a white circle with a red slashed circumference). Road signs in the Republic of Ireland fall into a number of different categories: // Directional signage Road signage in Irish and English Directional signage is similar to the United Kingdom design, although a different font is used. ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Southern Ireland was the twenty-six county Irish state envisaged by the Government of Ireland Act 1920. ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In January 2005 Ireland adopted metric speed limits. Around 35,000 existing signs were replaced and a further 23,000 new signs erected bearing the speed limit in kilometres per hour. To avoid confusion with the old signs, each speed limit sign now has ‘km/h’ beneath the numerals. See also Roads in Ireland A typical Irish road sign in Mullingar, County Westmeath Ireland, both north and south of the border, has an extensive network of roads. ...


United Kingdom

Main article: Road signs in the United Kingdom

Traffic signing in the UK conforms broadly to European norms, though a number of signs are unique to Britain and direction signs omit European route numbers. The system currently in use was developed in the late 1950's and early 1960's by the Anderson Committee, which established the motorway signing system, and by the Worboys Committee, which reformed signing for existing all-purpose roads. Older ("pre-Worboys") signs belong to a different system which developed incrementally after 1904, when the Local Government Board first published a circular on traffic signing. The standards governing this system remained of an advisory nature until 1933 when regulations for traffic signs were published under powers created by the Road Traffic Act 1930. Road signs in the United Kingdom can be categorised as such: // Directional signs These signs were designed to give a highly clear and simplified view of a junction, for example a roundabout. ... A motorway (in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and some Commonwealth nations) is both a type of road and a classification. ...

UK roadsign warning of horses and riders ahead
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UK roadsign warning of horses and riders ahead

The document governing traffic signing in Britain, comparable to the MUTCD in the United States, is the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD). The current signing system was introduced on 1 January 1965 by TSRGD 1964. Britain remains the only European Union member nation to use non-metric (imperial) measurements for distance and speed, although metric authorized-mass signs were prescribed in TSRGD 1981 and there is now a dual-unit (imperial first) option for clearance signing. TSRGD 1994 prescribed a system of white-on-brown direction signs for tourist attractions and also promulgated the Guildford Rules (see below). TSRGD 2002 contains the current standards and includes a sophisticated system of black-on-yellow direction signs for roadworks. Download high resolution version (589x645, 113 KB)Road sign (horse). ... Download high resolution version (589x645, 113 KB)Road sign (horse). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Three separate colour schemes exist for Worboys direction signs and are based on a classification of roads for signing purposes. A road may be a motorway (white on blue), a primary route (white on dark green with yellow route numbers), or a non-primary route (black on white). Most trunk roads, which carry most of the automobile traffic and are owned by central government, and some local authority principal routes are signed as primary routes. A trunk road or strategic road is a major road, usually connecting one or more cities, ports, airports etc, which is the recommended route for long-distance and freight traffic. ...


Guildford Rules

A sophisticated system, called the Guildford Rules, is used to put directional information pertaining to routes of different class on patches colored appropriately for those classes on direction signs which have the overall background color appropriate to the roads where they are located. Brown patches, for tourist destinations, can also be added to primary and non-primary route direction signs; however, the Guildford Rules do not apply to roadworks direction signs. This patching system was developed in the mid-1980's as part of an effort to eliminate sign clutter and receives its name from the town of Guildford, Surrey, where the experimental signs were placed. Map sources for Guildford at grid reference SU9949 Guildford is the county town of Surrey, England, as well as being the seat for the borough of Guildford and the administrative headquarters of the South East England region. ...


Example directional sign

See text for information.
See text for information.

The direction sign shown to the right is located near Bristol in England. It is patched according to the Guildford Rules. It gives directions to (Bristol) Parkway railway station (red British Rail symbol), motorways (blue-background patches), and towns reached via non-primary A-roads. Red-edged patches and red-bordered signs are used for military establishments (the Ministry of Defence at Abbey Wood in this example). Destinations which are reached indirectly have the corresponding road number in brackets; for instance, this sign says that Filton is reached by following the A4174 ring road to the A38, and then turning onto the A38 for Filton. Download high resolution version (750x624, 108 KB)A road sign near Bristol, England, giving directions to Parkway railway station (red symbol), motorways (blue backgrounds) and an assortment of A roads (major roads). ... Download high resolution version (750x624, 108 KB)A road sign near Bristol, England, giving directions to Parkway railway station (red symbol), motorways (blue backgrounds) and an assortment of A roads (major roads). ... Bristol is an English city and county and one of the two administrative centres of South West England (the other being Plymouth). ... Logo of British Rail British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system from the nationalisation of the Big Four British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997. ... The Ministry of Defence building, Whitehall, Westminster, London The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and the headquarters of the UK military. ... Filton is a town in South Gloucestershire, England, on the northern outskirts of Bristol. ...


Typefaces

Multiple typefaces are specified for current British road signs. The Transport fonts: Transport Medium (for light text on dark backgrounds) and Transport Heavy (for dark text on light backgrounds), are mixed-case and are used for all legend on fixed permanent signs except route numbers on motorway signs. Two other typefaces, Motorway Permanent (light on dark) and Motorway Temporary (dark on light), are used for route numbers on motorway signs; these have elongated letters and are designed to add emphasis to route numbers on motorways. Transport Medium and Motorway Permanent were developed for the Anderson committee and appeared on the first motorway signs; the other two alphabets are similar but have additional stroke width in the letters to compensate for light backgrounds. In typography, a typeface consists of a co-ordinated set of character designs. ...


Language

Bilingual signs are used in Wales. Welsh highway authorities choose whether they are "English-priority" or "Welsh-priority" and the language having priority in the highway authority's area appears first on signs. Most of south Wales is English-priority while north Wales is Welsh-priority. Bilingual signs were permitted by special authorization after 1965 and in 1972 the Bowen committee recommended that they should be provided systematically throughout Wales. Bilingual signing in Wales and elsewhere has caused traffic engineers to inquire into the safety ramifications of providing sign legend in multiple languages. As a result some countries have opted to limit bilingual signing to dual-name signs near places of cultural importance (e.g. New Zealand), or to use it only in narrowly circumscribed areas such as near borders or in designated language zones (e.g. the NAFTA countries). The term bilingualism (from bi meaning two and lingua meaning language) can refer to rather different phenomena. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English, Welsh Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff First Minister Rhodri Morgan Area  - Total Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² Ethnicity: 97. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ...


Central and South America

Road signs in Central and South America vary from country to country. For the most part, conventions in signage tend to resemble North American signage conventions more so than European and Asian conventions. For example, warning signs are typically diamond shaped and yellow rather than triangular and white. Some variations include the "No Parking" sign, which uses a letter 'E' instead of 'P' (the Spanish and Portuguese word for 'Parking' is 'Estacionar'). Notable exceptions include speed limit signs, which follow the European conventions.

Traffic signs in simplified Chinese and partly in English on Chinese expressways.
Traffic signs in simplified Chinese and partly in English on Chinese expressways.

Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiǎntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiǎnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Chinese expressway, complete with signage. ...

Asia

People's Republic of China

Mainland China uses simplified Chinese characters for its traffic signs. It is gradually moving toward internationally-accepted signs; it abandoned, for example, a localised version of the "no parking sign" (with a Hanzi character) and used the blue-red cross sign as of the late 1990s. In this map of China, the light-coloured areas represent Mainland China, while yellow coloured area refers to Taiwan. ... Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiǎntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiǎnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Technical note: Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ...


In larger cities and on expressways of China, both English and Chinese are used. Chinese expressway, complete with signage. ...


Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Traffic signs in Hong Kong.
Traffic signs in Hong Kong.

Although the mainland uses simplified Chinese characters, traditional Chinese characters are still used in Hong Kong (as the policy of "one country, two systems" allows Hong Kong to maintain most affairs, including road traffic regulations, the way they were prior to the handover). Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... In this map of China, the light-coloured areas represent Mainland China, while yellow coloured area refers to Taiwan. ... Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiǎntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiǎnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Traditional Chinese characters are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... One country, two systems (Simplified Chinese: 一国两制; Traditional Chinese: 一國兩制; pinyin: yì; guó liÇŽng zhì; Jyutping: jat1 gwok3 loeng5 zai3; Yale: yāt gwok leúhng jai), is an idea originally proposed by Deng Xiaoping, then Paramount Leader of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), for the unification of China. ...


Most, if not all, of Hong Kong's signs are bilingual, as English and Chinese are considered official languages. English often appears on top of text in traditional Chinese.


Africa

South Africa

South Africa has well developed standards for road signs. Triangular signs are used for warnings and circular signs are used for prohibitions. In the 1990's the colours of these signs were changed from white-on-blue with a red border to black-on-white with a red border. Some regulatory signs that enforce the direction of traffic flow, or minimum speed limits are white on blue. Events and trends Technology Explosive growth of the Internet; decrease in the cost of computers and other technology Reduction in size and cost of mobile phones leads to a massive surge in their popularity Year 2000 problem (commonly known as Y2K) Microsoft Windows operating system becomes virtually ubiquitous on IBM...


Informational signs are rectangular and white on green on normal roads and white on blue on freeways. The information on these signs is usually in English, and sometimes in Afrikaans. Other informational signs, such as those that name rivers and towns are white, while tourist information signs are white on brown. High-capacity freeway interchange in Los Angeles, California. ... English in common usage may refer to: English, a West Germanic language spoken mainly in the United States, the UK as well as its former colonies, and used as an international lingua franca in many parts of the world a citizen of England, the country the English people, an ethnic... Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia. ...


See also: Street sign theft Street sign theft is the phenomenon of street signs that are considered unusual or amusing being stolen by collectors, sometimes repeatedly or as a popular student room decoration. ...


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Based on more than 30 years of experience and research, the truths in Roadsigns will help you keep your balance on the razor's edge of the spiritual path, whether you travel independently or within an established tradition.
At a time in history when people are desperately grasping for security and certainty, Roadsigns is an invaluable contribution from a very wise spiritual teacher.
"Roadsigns is a wise and practical guide for anyone trying to find a way through the maze of spiritual pathways to what is truly meaningful and rewarding."
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