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Re: Language -- am I being too vigillant?

From: Terry Brainerd Chadwick <tbchad@tbchad.com>
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 00:55:33 -0800
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To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
David wrote:
>I believe some popular search engines ignore the metadata because
>people have taken to stuffing it with inappropriate keywords.

That's true.  What the gentleman I was talking with wanted was the term 
"handicapped" on the page, where he and his friends could find it.  One way 
to do that, and still be politically correct, is to have the politically 
correct term be the main listing, and either have the related terms in 
parentheses along side the proper term, or have separate listings with See 
Persons With Disabilities linking to the proper term.  People can use the 
page's Find command or a search engine to locate the information that way.

Of course, "handicapped" isn't the only term where this sort of thing 
applies.  The key thing is to make sure that the people who need the 
information can find the information and access it when they do.


Terry Brainerd Chadwick, InfoQuest! Information Services
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Received on Friday, 9 November 2001 03:55:22 UTC

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