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RE: What does "for example" mean

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 11:05:35 -0500
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To: love26@gorge.net (William Loughborough), "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>, "'Al Gilman'" <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
I agree with william that the main thing is to make sure people understand 
there are choices and explain the choices.

  I suggest we change the wording from

For example, in HTML, use the "summary" attribute of the TABLE element.

to something like

For example, in HTML, one way is to use "summary" attribute of the TABLE 

Or any other wording that makes it explicit that "summary" is not required.

Also, as part of this erratum, I think we should say that things following 
"for example" are always required unless the guidelines explicitly say 
otherwise.  I think that covers most or all of the uses of "for 
example".  We then put in a few words where we didn't want it to always 

It this leads to arguments about whether things are required or not, well, 
that has to be settled for WCAG 2.0 anyway, so that work isn't wasted.

I think we have to be really clear here.  Adherence to WCAG is being 
written into actual contracts, so we should remove ambiguity as much as we 
can, even if it's clear to us what we mean.


At 07:49 AM 3/6/01 -0800, William Loughborough wrote:
>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.

Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
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