From: William Overington (WOverington@ngo.globalnet.co.uk)
Date: Thu Jun 26 2003 - 07:24:44 EDT
Peter Constable wrote as follows.
> .... the name is simply a unique identifier within the std.
Well, the Standard is the authority for what is the meaning of the symbol
when found in a file of plain text. So if the symbol is in a plain text
file before or after the name of a person then the Standard implies a
meaning to the plain text file.
> A name may be somewhat indicative of it's function, but is not necessarily
Well, that could ultimately be an issue before the courts in a libel case if
someone publishes a text with a symbol next to someone's name. A key issue
might well be as to what is the defined meaning of the symbol in the
Standard. Certainly, the issue of what a reasonable person seeing that
symbol next to someone's name might conclude is being published about the
person might well also be important, even if that meaning is not in the
> You could call it WHEELCHAIR SYMBOL, but that engineering of the standard
is not also social engineering, and people may still use it to label
individuals in a way that may be violating human rights -- we cannot stop
that. No matter what we call it, end users are not very likely going to be
aware of the name in the standard; they're just going to look for the shape,
and if they find it, they'll use it for whatever purpose they chose to.
Certainly. Yet a plain text interchangeable file would not have the meaning
built into it by the Standard. I agree though that there may well still be
26 June 2003
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