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Re: "maybe even in the fact that you use words as all," (sic)

From: Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 17:52:35 +0100
Message-ID: <487F78D3.1050007@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Brad Kemper <brkemper@comcast.net>
CC: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>, Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>, www-svg <www-svg@w3.org>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>

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Brad Kemper wrote:

> Sure, but that's why I sarcastically mentioned people in comas. You 
> can't always please everyone. If trying to make something clear to a 
> small minority of people without even the most basic communication 
> skills means that I have to very, very seriously degrade the experience 
> for the vast majority, then it is not something I am going to spend a 
> lot of my time on. 

Agreed.  Our aim is surely to provide the best possible
experience for everyone, not just for the majority
nor for any one minority.

> Or any, because I have more important priorities.

I pass over that, because it could be interpreted
as being deliberately provocative.

> If a person can only communicate in simple pictures, like Koko the 
> gorilla, then they have special needs that they could only be expected 
> to be served by special Web sites, not the mainstream. (Koko knew some 
> sign language too, but that would be more equivalent to spoken language, 
> and thus not relevant.)

Not sure I agree there : it would be nice to
think that we might some day be able to transform
XML into whatever medium is most appropriate to
each individual, rather than requiring special
sites for special needs.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Thursday, 17 July 2008 16:53:32 GMT

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