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Re: Language -- am I being too vigillant?

From: Jeff Hiles <jeffrey.hiles@wright.edu>
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 14:20:24 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <B81196A8.2702%jeffrey.hiles@wright.edu>
Although "people first" language is "the prevailing theory," as David put
it, there are notable objections.

In addition to the New Zealand advocates Penny mentioned, representatives of
the National Federation of the Blind in the United States have objected to
"people first" language for a number of reasons. One is that "it is awkward,
tiresome, and repetitive, and it makes articles needlessly long." Might this
have implications for the Web, where you want things short, clear and

"People-First Language: An Unholy Crusade "
by C. Edwin Vaughan

"The Pitfalls of Political Correctness: Euphemisms Excoriated"
by Dr. Kenneth Jernigan

Jeff Hiles
Instructional Web Designer
Center for Teaching and Learning
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio 45435
(937) 775-3181
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