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Re: Language -- am I being too vigillant?

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 10:07:26 -0800
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To: <david@davidsaccess.com>
Cc: "WAI-ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 09:56 AM 11/8/2001 , David M. Clark wrote:
>Am I taking political correctness too far?


There are some people with disabilities who proudly wear the
term "gimp" as an empowerment strategy.

I think this may be off-topic for the WAI list, though, and
better suited for a general disability discussion forum, if there's
not a web-specific spin on the topic.

Attempting to do so:  Sensitive terminology such as this is one of
the most difficult things to handle on the web, because the web
is world-wide.  What might be an insult in America might be
perfectly normal in Australia, for example.

I think that the specific words used are ultimately less important
than the actual intent, actions, and effects of those actions.  It's
certainly easier to deal with more "tangible" obstacles such as
"I can't access this content" than with intangibles such as "this
page unintentionally hurt my feelings."


Kynn Bartlett <kynn@reef.com>
Technical Developer Liaison
Reef North America
Accessibility - W3C - Integrator Network
Received on Thursday, 8 November 2001 13:09:26 UTC

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