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RE: What does "for example" mean

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 07:49:01 -0800
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To: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>, "'Al Gilman'" <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
At 09:21 AM 3/6/01 -0500, Bailey, Bruce wrote:
>Documents like the WCAG _are_ going to be taken literally, and if this is 
>not the intent, then the authors should write more carefully

Apparently "literally" and "carefully" are, as Al tried to point out, a bit 
more complex than they seem.

What stuff "means" is often in the mind of the reader a quite different 
matter than it was for the author. Does "all men are created equal" 
deliberately exclude women? Are people with otherly-colored skin "men"?, etc.

No matter how careful we are there will be different readings of our 
product, but if we can avoid being too testy with one another we will find 
a way to make future clarifications more likely.

Whatever "erratum" we issue re WCAG 1.0's treatment of SUMMARY won't matter 
much if we make clear that summarizing is encouraged (in the checkpoints) 
and how to do it includes (in the techniques) some hierarchy among TITLE, 
CAPTION, NAME, SUMMARY, ALT, LONGDESC - in other words "get appropriate", 
whatever that means in a particular instance.
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