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Re: the Ruler - Rule question

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 21:59:43 -0400 (EDT)
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107292128470.27667-100000@tux.w3.org>
"a". as many people have pointed out, setting a grade level (or whatever) for
all content is not practical. I would prefer us to describe some tests that
can be used to determine "as far as you can" - for example thesaurus and
grammar-based substitution can be done, and if the results mean the same to
the author, then they can go that far.



On Sun, 29 Jul 2001, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:

  If we did have a ruler for complexity of language (one that everyone
  agreed with)

  Would we

  a) Put in a rule that says "go as far down that ruler as you can"?


  b) Draw a line on the ruler and say "you must get below that line but
  don’t need to go lower -- though it would be good if you did"?

  option (c) --   "you must have content that works for all on the rule"
  doesn’t work since the rules must go down to 0 to include all.

  a) takes us back to the problem of 'no clear criterion'
  b) is what is usually done -  but is very hard to do without a consensus
  rulemaking body.

  What are people thinking?

  A?  or B?  or C?  or ??

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