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RE: Accessibility for Deaf

From: <Stuart.M.Smith@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 19:55:27 +0000 (GMT)
Message-ID: <8393776.1128714927863.JavaMail.ocs@arke-pub1.theogony.net>
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Julian Scarlett <Julian.Scarlett@eden.gov.uk>

I making one last post on this issue today as I catch up on the days proceedings. A couple of points

1) Looking at the list, perhaps I have some caused a bit of confusion. I am not advocating the banning of anything. However, I am saying that you cannot change that sometimes a word or phrase has such a cultural weighting that to use it, however well intentioned in an academic sense becomes nonsense because the audience will only hear the cultural baggage and not your phrase. Language is a powerful force it should be used with responsibility.

2) This is an accessibility list and part of the guidelines refers to need for clear language. It is very important that this is not neglected and debating and arguing about the meaning and usage is important in sharpening us as well develop for the web.



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