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RE: WA - background-image in CSS

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 17:41:25 -0000
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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> So if a deaf person went to a resturaunt which had a band it is 
> fine for the
> returaunt owner to only allow that person to sit in a place that
> the band could not be heard as he wouldnt be able to hear it anyway
> because the essential character of a resturaunt is food.  I doubt
> that would be  

Or to put it another way:

"This other person who is a bigot is a bigot. Ergo you are a bigot."

Hardly a QED.

It would not be acceptable to assign someone a table on such grounds.
However a profoundly deaf person couldn't complain that he wanted a
different table because he was unable to *hear* the music. If he
wanted to sit near the band to lip-read the lyrics, watch the
theatrics of an animated vocalist, feel the beat of the music, dance,
or for some reason completely unconnected to the band he would have a
case. (Of course someone with partial deafness could justly ask to
get the best seat for hearing the band.)

Some times we simply can't give exactly the same content, sometimes
we must lose nuances and alternative meanings (like in my elder tree
example), or we must lose part of the impact that comes from the use
of a particular sense and/or media.
There are plenty of books, magazines, webpages etc. with poems by
Benjamin Zephaniah but all of these fail to have the impact of an
audio track given the oral tradition on which his work relies. If I
provide an audio track of Zephaniah then I should give a text-only
version as well - but I can't hope to give the same content that you
get when you hear him recite.

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