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Re: Technique 14.1 - Use the clearest and simplest language appropriate for a site's content

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 01:23:14 -0400 (EDT)
To: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
cc: WAI ER IG List <w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0006150120090.27579-100000@tux.w3.org>
These can mostly be automated by using dictionary lookups. (The exception is
specialised meanings for normal words) And yes, it is possible to get a
reasonably accurate test for whether a verb is used actively or passivley in
many languages. An examle algorithm for english is to look for a past
participle with a part of the verb to be. (That is oversimplified, but works
for the examples in this message...)

cheers

Charles

On Wed, 14 Jun 2000, Chris Ridpath wrote:

  Starting suggestions:
[snip]  
  14.1.4 - Avoid slang, jargon, and specialized meanings of familiar words
  evaluation: any text within the document
  This is a manual check. User will have to check the entire document.
  
  14.1.5 - Favor words that are commonly used
  evaluation: any text within the document
  This is a manual check. User will have to check the entire document.
  
  14.1.6 - Use active rather than passive verbs.
  evaluation: any text within the document
  This is a manual check. User will have to check the entire document. (Is
  there a way to accurately detect active vs. passive verbs?)
  
Received on Thursday, 15 June 2000 01:25:16 GMT

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