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Re: hidden versus discoverable meta-data

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:47:47 -0600
Message-ID: <dd0fbad1001140947i7a1c58bfw561c33fe6e49f61f@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>
Cc: public-html-a11y@w3.org, public-html@w3.org
On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net> wrote:
> aloha!
>
> the term "hidden meta-data" is pejorative, and not an accurate descripton
> of attributes such as @summary -- rather than use the term "hidden
> meta-data" i propose a terminology switch to "discoverable meta-data",
> which means it doesn't matter if it is displayed visually or not, but
> in a manner in which the user can readily access it in accordance with
> that user's individual preferences

I think it's an accurate term, and any pejorativeness originating from
the term is due to the fact that it really is hidden for the majority
of users, *specifically* the author themself, which is precisely why
hidden metadata has the problems that it does.

~TJ
Received on Thursday, 14 January 2010 17:48:40 UTC

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