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Re: Language -- am I being too vigillant?

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 07:06:28 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200111090706.fA976S220261@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Another technique might be to add all common terms used in the 
> metadata, fo search engines which use it.

I believe some popular search engines ignore the metadata because 
people have taken to stuffing it with inappropriate keywords.

On a different tack, I would point out that sometimes politically
correct jargon will simply fail to get across to web developers because
they don't know the acronyms and euphemisms in use.  We've already
seen that people don't understand "LD" and, to me learning difficulties
would include the elderly, who are perfectly literate, but unable to
learn new things easily, whereas "learning difficulties" actually seems
to be the modern term for "educationally sub-normal"++ and only applies
to young people with poor literacy skills.  For the elderly case,
good text only design using elements consistently in the way that HTML
intended will allow one to write down a small check list of how to 
handle all sites, but this seem to be the opposite of how the "learning
difficulties" people design their sites.

++ Again a euphemism, but one that does hint at the age range.
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