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RE: [ACTION] Warnings in EARL

From: Carlos Iglesias <carlos.iglesias@fundacionctic.org>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 15:22:34 +0100
Message-ID: <09700B613C4DD84FA9F2FEA521882819018D2FCB@ayalga.fundacionctic.org>
To: "Johannes Koch" <johannes.koch@fit.fraunhofer.de>, <public-wai-ert@w3.org>


Hi everybody,

Comments at the bottom:

> Shadi Abou-Zahra schrieb:
> [mobileOK basic]
> > They also define exactly when the WARN result should be issued by 
> > using pseudo code for each test.
> Maybe that's because mobileOK basic is intended to be fully 
> machine-testable.
> > In WCAG we don't
> > have a clear definition of when warnings should be issued 
> so this may 
> > lead to tool developers misusing warning results to satisfy 
> the users 
> > who don't like to see errors.
> WCAG 2 is intended to be testable. Whether a success 
> criterion is machine-testable or not is not defined. So 
> developers of automatic testing tools for WCAG 2 have to 
> think about how to present additional expert tests to the 
> tool user. This could be a use case for a warning attached to 
> a CANNOT_TELL result.
> However the "Understanding" document clearly lists some 
> PASSes an FAILs. 
> So a tool that throws a warning (with PASS or CANNOT_TELL) 
> instead of a FAIL when finding a common failure is wrong.

This is why I think it's better to treat warning messages as just messages and not validity levels
> I still prefer the sub-classing approach.

IMO the only thing that it's clear enough along all this discussion is that warnings are a can of worms (and IMO bad practices). Everyone has a different viewpoint of what they are and what they mean. This is why I'm not in favour of providing "direct support" by sub-classing and prefer a "this is just a special kind of text message" approach.


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