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Re: FW: [Issue 320] Add definition to 1.1 for ability to be expressed in words

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 10:55:33 +1100 (EST)
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.43.0310301051001.15144-100000@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>

On Wed, 29 Oct 2003, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:

> But if we say "expressed in 50 words or less" someone will ask where the
> number 50 came from.
> But all limits are eventually arbitrary.
> Anyone want to nominate a nice objective number so this is testable?

A further problem: the number of words that is reasonable will vary by
language. I suggest that if you want to be precise, state a requirement
which doesn't specify an arbitrary, language-specific number. For example
"the number of words comprising 5 sentences of average length", where the
average length is computed by reference to the text of the content.

Yes there's still an arbitrary number here, but it isn't so
language-dependent and makes the length relative to the complexity of the
remainder of the content. I am sure others can come up with more creative
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