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RE: Add TABs to Central Document -- not

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 19:57:37 -0400
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I strongly agree with David.  The derivation & common usage of "TAB" is
generally regarded as pejorative and would be out of place in this
guidelines document.

The concept can much more affirmatively be expressed here by discussing the
concept of "Universal Design" -- design for the full range of functional
variation, be it disability-related or situational, also ensuring
compatibility with existing assistive technologies.

- Judy

At 05:25 PM 6/5/98 -0400, David Clark wrote:
>I am not sure we want to use the exact term "tab" in the doc. Although the
>concept is correct, I see it as a pejoritive term used by us when talking
>among ourselves.
>David Clark
>CAST, Inc.
>-----Original Message-----
>From:	w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf
>Of Wendy A Chisholm
>Sent:	Friday, June 05, 1998 4:33 PM
>To:	Jon Gunderson
>Cc:	w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
>Subject:	Re: Add TABs to Central Document
>something like this?
>Temporarily Able-Bodied (TAB)
>The term Temporarily Able-Bodied (TAB) indicates that many people will
>become disabled, either temporarily or permanently, at some point in their
>lives.  A disability can be the result of injury, illness, age, or
>circumstance.  Instances of temporary disabilities (not caused by injury or
>illness) include:  working in a noisy environment, working in environments
>where noise is not tolerated (e.g., libraries, work cubicles, and at home
>when children are sleeping),  and instances when hands and eyes are busy
>(e.g., driving a car).
>At 10:47 AM 6/4/98 , Jon Gunderson wrote:
>>Could we add a section in the central document on Temporarily able bodied.
>>Marja-Riitta Koivunen wrote to the UA list and I agree we need a section
>>The link (in UA guidelines) behind "one or more users" is good. However
>>shouldn't we include also TABs (temporary di-sappled) to this list and
>>explain how these features benefit also people in noisy environments,
>>environ-ments were noise is not tolerated (library, cubicles area, when
>>children are asleep etc.), people with wi-reless devices, people whose
>>hands are tied or concentration is low (e.g. driving a car) etc. etc. This
>>would emphasize the benefits to almost everyone in some environment.
>>Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
>>Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
>>Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
>>University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
>>1207 S. Oak Street
>>Champaign, IL 61820
>>Voice: 217-244-5870
>>Fax: 217-333-0248
>>E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu
>>WWW:	http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~jongund
>>	http://www.als.uiuc.edu/InfoTechAccess
Judy Brewer   jbrewer@w3.org     617-258-9741
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative International Program Office
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
MIT/LCS Room NE43-355
545 Technology Square, Cambridge MA 02139 USA
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