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Re: HTML Design Principles to WD?

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 15:35:17 -0500
Message-ID: <1c8dbcaa0706261335k8ce3284k9b412983881902f8@mail.gmail.com>
To: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>

A couple of comments on the HTML Design Principles:

- I don't think it's appropriate to include "Pave The Cowpaths" in the
official design principles. See the "Pave The Cowpaths" Design
Principle thread [1] and "the market hasn't spoken - it hasn't
bothered to listened" [2] thread. Use cases could  be one factor to
inform decisions but not "pave" the way to them.

- It might be better to use something like "guideposts", "practical
ways" or "general principles" instead of "Rules of thumb" in the
introduction. Accurate or not "Rule of thumb" has some negative
(domestic violence) history/baggage. [3] [4] It has been often claimed
that the term originally referred to the maximum thickness of a stick
with which it was permissible for a man to beat his wife.


[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007May/0940.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Jun/0648.html
[3] http://womenshistory.about.com/od/mythsofwomenshistory/a/rule_of_thumb.htm
[4] http://womenshistory.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=womenshistory&cdn=education&tm=161&f=00&tt=2&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//dynamic.uoregon.edu/%7Ejjf/essays/ruleofthumb.html

Laura L. Carlson
Received on Tuesday, 26 June 2007 20:35:25 UTC

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