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

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 10:33:57 +0200
Message-ID: <4695E775.8050502@w3.org>
To: Johannes Koch <johannes.koch@fit.fraunhofer.de>
CC: public-wai-ert@w3.org, Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>


Johannes Koch wrote:
>> Is this definition clearer now?
> Yes


>> 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?
> A tool may perform both automatic and semi-automatic tests.

Not sure what you are getting at. Yes, a tool may perform a test fully 
automatically or it can execute it *partially* (and leave some steps for 
the human evaluator). In the latter case we call it semi-automatic.

Note: I added "guidance" to "instructions" in the definition for manual 
to cover highlighting and other aid mechanisms used by browser toolbars 
and other such evaluation tools. These are not really evaluation steps.


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