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Re: proposed update to "critical parts" of Guide Doc for G2.5L2SC2 - User definition

From: Matt May <mcmay@bestkungfu.com>
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 08:50:14 -0700
Message-ID: <43415336.9040104@bestkungfu.com>
To: sofia.celic@nils.org.au
CC: WCAG WG Team C <public-wcag-teamc@w3.org>

Sofia Celic wrote:
> Matt,
>
> On a personal level I agree that the definition of "user" should be any
> person. For some W3C specs this is a perfectly legitimate definition.
> However, I don't believe this is the case for WCAG (unfortunately).
>   

Of course it is. We do not need to emphasize disability to this extent. 
In fact, we should _de-emphasize_ it, because to define it the way you 
did is to draw a bright line between who "normal" and "disabled" users 
are, which further ghettoizes precisely the people we're supposed to be 
championing.

We cannot co-opt such a basic term as "user" to suit our own wishes.

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