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Re: abbr/acronym - repetitive use

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 17:36:41 -0500
Message-ID: <000d01c172dc$fdf41d10$2cf60141@cp286066a>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "William R Williams/R5/USDAFS" <wrwilliams@fs.fed.us>
This may be true but for you it is much easier to do.

----- Original Message -----
From: "William R Williams/R5/USDAFS" <wrwilliams@fs.fed.us>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: abbr/acronym - repetitive use

Now, I will not argue the point too enthusiastically, and mean no
but here's my take...

To engage in specific behaviors which favor one population group over
another is discrimination.

The term "discriminatory" is not inherently immoral or "evil," for I
each of us are discriminating individuals -- going about our daily
making all kinds of distinctions: it's how we make sense out of this
(oftentimes) senseless world.

In the situation to which I was referring, the repeated use of
acronym/abbreviation tags provides information to people using AT which
not equally available to people who do not use AT -- it's an inequity
present only because HTML allows this to happen (and the developer
implements it).

Given such design, and despite good intentions, my access to and use of
information is not comparable to the access to and use of that
by one who experiences a relevant disability. That I, as a temporarily
enabled individual, must scoll back to earlier copy to recall the full
title of an acro/abbr while those using AT are provided the complete
information each time is discriminatory practice.

Bill Williams

                    Kynn Bartlett
                    <kynn-edapta@idy        To:     "William R
                    llmtn.com>              <wrwilliams@fs.fed.us>,
                    Sent by:                cc:
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abbr/acronym - repetitive use

                    11/21/01 01:03

At 1:01 PM -0800 11/21/01, William R Williams/R5/USDAFS wrote:
>In this fashion, individuals who are temporarily enabled are expected
>remember the meaning of the acro/abbr and so it should be, as well, for
>individuals experiencing relevant disabilities. Web presentation does
>really change this logic; in fact, repeated use of the
>tags at each instance seems discriminatory in itself.

Hold on a sec here -- there's nothing discriminatory in using <abbr>
at every abbreviation.  It may be pointless for other reasons, but
there's nothing discriminatory about doing so.


Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Received on Wednesday, 21 November 2001 17:36:48 UTC

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