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Re: Semantic-pragmatic (was Re: tone as a guildeline?)

From: Lisa Seeman <seeman@netvision.net.il>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 17:02:02 -0800
To: gian@stanleymilford.com.au, "_W3C-WAI Web Content Access. Guidelines List" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-id: <003701c18696$70cca240$e090003e@dev1>
I think the recommendation was that were technology allows to provide
alternates to metaphorical or non literal  language.
In Charles attachment, there was a good example of that using Ruby for
Are there any problems with that?

----- Original Message -----
From: <gian@stanleymilford.com.au>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 5:15 PM
Subject: RE: Semantic-pragmatic (was Re: tone as a guildeline?)

> I think this is necessary. As Jason says it is difficult to require
> complete avoidance of metaphorical terminology, but perhaps we could
> require that certain information avoid metaphorical language, for
> example:
> - information on how to use the site
> - main functionality of the site
> - instructions on contacting
> etc.
> I think this is quite difficult and I probably don't have the brain
> cells at this moment in time to give very good examples or explain
> myself properly. Any ideas?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jasonw [mailto:jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU]
> Sent: Monday, December 10, 2001 1:34 PM
> To: w3c-wai-gl
> Subject: Semantic-pragmatic (was Re: tone as a guildeline?)
> At the face to face meeting in Melbourne Lisa mentioned the
> semantic-pragmatic issue, whereby certain cognitive disabilities lead to
> difficulty in understanding or appreciating metaphorical language.
> Clearly this is a disability-related issue and as such should be taken
> into account in our guidelines (my previous message was in no way
> intended
> to exclude it from consideration).
> Obviously the semantic-pragmatic issue arises under checkpoint 3.3. It
> would be impracticable to require everyone (in all web content) to avoid
> metaphorical language altogether; but through the guidelines they should
> at least become aware of this particular issue so that they can assess
> the
> consequences of using language in certain ways and decide whether or not
> to avoid doing so.
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