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proposed text for earl:manual, earl:semiAutomated, and earl:automatic

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 20:28:02 +0200
Message-ID: <46952132.5010906@w3.org>
To: public-wai-ert@w3.org, Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>

Hi all,

Following today's discussion on the descriptions of test modes, please 
find below an update of the proposed text based on the suggestions by 
Jan Richards:

- earl:manual
Where the test was carried out by a human. This includes the case where 
the human was aided by instructions or guidance provided by a software 
tool, but where the human has carried out the actual test procedure.

- earl:semiAutomatic
Where the test was partially carried out by the software tool, but where 
human input or judgment was still required to decide or help decide the 
outcome of the test.

- earl:automatic
Where the test was carried out automatically by the software tool and 
without any human intervention.

NOTE: the earl:CompoundAssertor class should be used to clarify where 
combinations of humans and tools, or where collection of tools have 
collectively carried out a test.
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Is this definition clearer now? Can you picture your most favorite tool 
and easily find where it would fit in according to this definition? How 
about your least favorite tool and some others in between?


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