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Exceptions for single words and other classes of words

From: WCAG 2.0 Comment Form <nobody@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 17:21:52 +0000 (GMT)
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Name: Cecil Ward
Email: cecil@cecilward.com
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Document: W2
Item Number: Success Criterion 3.1.2
Part of Item: 
Comment Type: technical
Summary of Issue: Exceptions for single words and other classes of words
Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
Why does SC 3.1.2 not apply to single words? It should do so. The document already gives an appropriate set of exceptions, such as dictionary-listed foreign words, so there is no reason to feel a need for \'blanket\' exceptions without justification. Having a speech synthesizer fail on a single word is a problem too.



Why are proper names and technical terms exempted too? (Or is this just badly worded?)

Proposed Change:


Remove the exception for all single words. Consider emphasizing the existing exception for exception that established foreign loans and other foreign words likely to be listed. (Possibly further research is required into the coverage of current speech synthesizers\' dictionaries.)



Clarify/re-word the sentence:  “It also does not apply to proper names, to technical terms or to phrases that have become part of the language of the context in which they are used.”

to read “It also does not apply to words or phrases that have become part of the language of the context in which they are used.”



There’s nothing special about foreign proper names or technical terms that makes them any more inherently ‘speakable’ by speech synthesizers than other words and phrases.
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