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RE: Accessibility for Deaf

From: Julian Scarlett <Julian.Scarlett@eden.gov.uk>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 15:53:55 +0100
Message-ID: <9DC70EEAAFAE154AAA19F676DA93D12218F6DD@EDENMAIL.eden.gov.uk>
To: "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

After over a year's absence from this list (for a variety a reasons) I resubscribed yesterday. I'm starting to regret that decision after seeing the way that good questions are side-lined in favour of a petty argument over the contextual meaning of the English language. Although of interest from a linguistic standpoint this thread is doing little to futher the cause of web accessibility. This list is meant to deal with web accessibility is it not? Take it off-list.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Andrew Kirkpatrick
> Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 3:46 PM
> To: Randal Rust; WAI-IG
> Subject: RE: Accessibility for Deaf
> > > To suggest that a word
> > > should never be removed from use because it is clear, even if
> > > offensive, is just incorrect in my opinion.
> > 
> > I find that interesting, because that is not at all what I said.
> You wrote: Of course, the term should be used responsibly, 
> but to suggest that it can be removed from context is just 
> plain ridiculous, especially when the context is so clear.
> I see that you wrote "remove from context", not "remove from 
> use".  I agree that the word does have a permanent meaning in 
> that context, but am willing to go a step further and say 
> that it shouldn't be used in this context because of the 
> negative connotations that come from the word's origins which 
> were based in people's ignorance of this disability.
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