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Tone of messages

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 18:16:42 -0500
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To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Cc: "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@acm.org>

Checking assumptions for a moment, the WAI Interest Group is not a
relatively small forum; also, it includes people with very diverse
perspectives, even though only a small subset usually post messages on the

While you raise an important issue, I share Len's concern about the tone of
your message, including the subject line, which I have dropped. A lot of
organizations work very hard, in many different ways, to promote
accessibility, and we're all going to make mistakes in how we do it at
times. The more this list can maintain a constructive tone about approaches
to and problems around Web accessibility, the more people on this list will
feel welcome entering into the dialog.

Also -- please don't cross-post on multiple WAI mailing lists.

Thank you,

- Judy

At 09:09 PM 2/14/01 +0000, Nick Kew wrote:
>[ posted back to original lists ]
>Len has been kind enough to reprimand me privately for the tone
>of my posting.  I hereby apologise unconditionally for the
>confrontational tone, and will avoid it in future in these lists.
>I do, however, stand by the substance of my posting, which seems
>to me an important issue.  I should add that I raised it here
>precisely because it seemed to me less damaging to do so in a
>forum that is relatively small and broadly sympathetic than in
>the Newsgroups, where it might serve to support those individuals
>who are openly opposed to accessibility.
>Nick Kew
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