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Re: Accessibility for Deaf

From: <Stuart.M.Smith@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 13:15:47 +0000 (GMT)
Message-ID: <22056526.1128690947466.JavaMail.ocs@arke-pub1.theogony.net>
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
You miss my point about cultural weighting. I would suggest that "dumb" has such a strong sense of "stupidity" that whatever other context it is used in it still carries that meaning as well. This won't apply to every word that has multiple meanings but only certain ones. 

A good example would be swear words, they often have strong biological meaning and could be used in an innocent context against their function but the "insulting" element will exist for many members of an audience as the primary and often only meaning because of the cultural weighting of the word.

It is not an exact science, hence the need for sensitivity.


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