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RE: [wcag2] Definition of 'complex content'

From: Yvette P. Hoitink <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 18:38:20 +0200
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> > Yvette: I also think we should include difficult language as an example
of 
> > complex content.
> 
> Jens: Disagreed. For example, take
> 
> "In interspecies transmissions of transmissible spongiform 
> encephalopathies, the agent has to overcome a species barrier 
> that is largely influenced by the rate of homology between 
> the prion proteins (PrPC) two involved species.
> [...]" [1]
> 
> I claim that this excerpt consists of 'difficult language' 
> (for 99% of the population), but it is /not/ complex, not per 
> se. So I recommend not to include it in the definition.

I think this sentence is very hard to understand. If I hadn't been exposed
to Star Trek as much as I have been, I think I would have had to look up at
least three words in a dictionary in order to understand it. I think this is
a lot of effort, so it fits your own definition of complex content. 

Personally, I guestimate using difficult words is the number 1 reason why
people find a website complex. Therefore, I would really like to include is
as an example of complex content.

Yvette Hoitink
Heritas, Enschede, The Netherlands
E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl
WWW: htpp://www.heritas.nl
Received on Thursday, 19 August 2004 16:35:53 UTC

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