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Re: What makes a failure? (@summary, et al)

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 13:52:01 -0700
Message-Id: <p0624080ec6547b297a23@[10.1.15.29]>
To: "T.V Raman" <raman@google.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
At 13:45  -0700 9/06/09, T.V Raman wrote:
>David, by the measure you define in your first sentence, HTML
>qualifies well --

well, OK, I should have said "completely incorrect, i.e. not 
containing anything useful" (like summary="pid435167").  Most HTML 
pages contain something useful (or the web would be so heavily 
polluted by useless pages, we'd never expect to find a usable one, 
and we'd stop using browsers).

>David Singer writes:
>  > My guess is that we would say that something has *failed* when its
>  > use on the web has become hopelessly polluted with incorrect usage,
>  > such that those needing what it's intended for no longer look there
>  > for their answer.  I think that was the situation described for
>  > longdesc.
>  >
>  > so, abuse is widespread and swamps usage -> failure.  we cannot soon
>  > recover.  think again.
>  >
>  > Something that is neither used nor misused is neither a success or
>  > failure, in my opinion.
>  >
>  > neither abusage nor usage -> not succeeding.  think about why we're
>  > not getting traction.
>  >
>  > plenty of usage and not too much abuse -> success!  go and celebrate!
>  > (sigh, doesn't seem to happen often in accessibility)
>  > --
>  > David Singer
>  > Multimedia Standards, Apple Inc.
>
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>
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David Singer
Multimedia Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Tuesday, 9 June 2009 20:53:17 UTC

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