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Re: [W3C docs] We should teach by example.

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 09:27:29 +0900
Message-Id: <A62F79D1-55FE-4848-9823-D5817FC2FC9B@w3.org>
Cc: "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>, Jon Barnett <jonbarnett@gmail.com>, "Michael A. Puls II" <shadow2531@gmail.com>, www-archive@w3.org
To: Philip TAYLOR <Philip-and-LeKhanh@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>


Le 7 juil. 2007  15:53, Philip TAYLOR a crit :
> I know.  But that is the same argument that is used to
> defend the lack of emphasis placed on grammar in many
> schools today -- "people will understand you, so it
> doesn't matter whether you speak correctly or not".

The one who speaks is the "author" of the voice, aka authoring tools  
and author.
The one who listen is the "parser" of the voice, aka browsers.

When the former needs to be strict as much as possible (strong  
grammar rules), the latter one needs to be fault tolerant to make the  
discussion meaningful.

In a class context, it matters. Then the "parser" can be also a  
"teacher".
In daily life, it doesn't work. Fault tolerance makes the  
communication possible. 	Do you always express yourself in correct  
English?
	Do you always fix the English of people you are communicating with?

For example, I have never seen you fixing one of my emails for its  
poor syntax or spelling. But I know that I do mistakes in English.

I think the main target for strictness should be authoring tools. We  
are not very good at doing that so far.


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