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Old October 16th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #1281
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Old October 17th, 2013, 07:13 AM   #1282
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Old October 17th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #1283
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Old October 18th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #1284
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Old October 18th, 2013, 03:54 PM   #1285
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This has created some confusion among foreigners. The locals know what it is about.

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Old October 18th, 2013, 06:34 PM   #1286
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is it a road number ?
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Old October 18th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #1287
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Ii is a town in Finland along route 4. It's named after Iijoki (a river). Joki is Finnish for river.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 07:41 PM   #1288
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In Estonia we have a village named "Aa", it doesn't mean anything, just a name
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Old October 18th, 2013, 07:49 PM   #1289
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in spain we have a village called ea ( just a name as well ) but ii no
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Old October 18th, 2013, 07:58 PM   #1290
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"ea" in Romanian is "she"
"ii" the plural of substantive "ie" a traditional clothing
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Old October 18th, 2013, 08:05 PM   #1291
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ella , she in spanish ( in romanian you've eaten ll )
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lei , in italian ...illa in latin
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Old October 18th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #1292
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Old October 18th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #1293
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Old October 19th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #1294
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Ee in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. Ie is the Frisian name of the village.

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Old October 19th, 2013, 07:16 PM   #1295
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The short name itself is not the key thing in that sign, but its ambiguous nature. It can be interpreted as a place name Ii (which is the correct answer), a number 11, a roman number II, or a symbol of two vertical bars (a Swedish labyrinth).

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Old October 19th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #1296
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I never understood why some countries opted for capitalized fonts on their road signage. Capitalized fonts are larger, yes, but they are also less easy to read. The key is to recognize letters as fast as possible, and block letters are not helping this. Larger is not necessarily better. Some Latin-American countries have road signs with HUGE BLOCK LETTERS.
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Yeah, France and Italy are like that. But so are Sweden and Finland.
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I never understood why some countries opted for capitalized fonts on their road signage. Capitalized fonts are larger, yes, but they are also less easy to read. The key is to recognize letters as fast as possible, and block letters are not helping this. Larger is not necessarily better. Some Latin-American countries have road signs with HUGE BLOCK LETTERS.
but in CZ they look pretty indeed.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 08:38 PM   #1299
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I like the French signs.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 08:44 PM   #1300
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but in CZ they look pretty indeed.
My personal taste is that the Czech Republic has the best signage system with capitalized letters in Europe.

Still, block letters are less easy to identify at 120-130 km/h than lowercase letters. (not to mention Chinese characters or Cyrillic, the Latin script is by far the most favorable for road signs because they are the easiest to identify at speed and from a distance).

Block letters are quite common, I think they are basically leftovers from early design standards. Back in the 1950s and 60s little care was taken about road sign layout. Many countries still have extremely basic road signs (for instance in Latin-America). On the other hand other systems have been thoroughly developed, such as in Germany and the United States.

In many cases, there is the attitude of "we've been doing this for 60 years, why should we change it". I appreciate road authorities who are willing to explore new options and improvements. Not all new developments are necessarily better, but some are.
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