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Re: What makes a failure? (@summary, et al)

From: T.V Raman <raman@google.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 13:45:49 -0700
Message-ID: <18990.51709.120454.217664@retriever.mtv.corp.google.com>
To: singer@apple.com
Cc: public-html@w3.org
David, by the measure you define in your first sentence, HTML
qualifies well -- 

David Singer writes:
 > My guess is that we would say that something has *failed* when its 
 > use on the web has become hopelessly polluted with incorrect usage, 
 > such that those needing what it's intended for no longer look there 
 > for their answer.  I think that was the situation described for 
 > longdesc.
 > so, abuse is widespread and swamps usage -> failure.  we cannot soon 
 > recover.  think again.
 > Something that is neither used nor misused is neither a success or 
 > failure, in my opinion.
 > neither abusage nor usage -> not succeeding.  think about why we're 
 > not getting traction.
 > plenty of usage and not too much abuse -> success!  go and celebrate! 
 > (sigh, doesn't seem to happen often in accessibility)
 > -- 
 > David Singer
 > Multimedia Standards, Apple Inc.

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