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Re: hreflang

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 23:09:03 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200602052309.k15N94t00991@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> Really? Is there a species of people who reads them? Anyway, users are 
> _not_ supposed to do Windows Update "by hand" but to have their systems 

I obviously read them, but then I also read licence agreements.

> configured to download and install updates or to have their systems 
> updated by procedures controlled by professionals. Besides, _telling_ 
> about language negotiation is rather immaterial.

Professionals often lock down the process in companies, but more for their
own convenience, i.e. to stop uses configuring their own machines in 
personal ways.  For home users and small business users, going fully 
automatic will just give you the security critical updates and none of
the optional and hardware dependent ones.

> What matters is whether system software _prompts for_ information about 
> the user's preferences when the software is first used by a person. It 
> should tell what the information will or might be used for, but in 
> non-technical terms.

We live in an instant gratification culture, which means users want to
start using the software immediately.  We also live in a marketing driven
world, so the only such questions that get past the instant gratification
barrier tend to be those of market research, or secondary sales, value.
Received on Monday, 6 February 2006 00:08:03 UTC

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