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Re: Editor's draft comments

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 15:06:43 +0100
Message-ID: <45F80173.40704@w3.org>
To: Carlos Iglesias <carlos.iglesias@fundacionctic.org>, Johannes Koch <johannes.koch@fit.fraunhofer.de>
Cc: public-wai-ert@w3.org


Here are the scenarios I recall from the face-to-face in Germany:

AUTOMATIC: tool (or group of tools) makes a decision without *any* user 
input. For example, a tool decides that WCAG 1.0 Checkpoint 1.1 is not 
met because ALT attributes are missing.

MANUAL: human uses tool(s) to make a decision. For example, a human uses 
a toolbar to highlight the table headers and decides that a test 
criterion is met or not met.

SEMIAUTO: tool uses human(s) to make a decision. For example, a tool 
asks a human to verify that a given table is a layout vs data table, and 
based upon this input (and other indicators) decides the outcome of a 
test criterion.

So in end effect its as Johannes indicated, the crucial part is if a 
human or tool actually made the *decision on the outcome in the context 
of the test criterion*.

I think the above are quite realistic scenarios and worth having their 
own values, even though I agree that there is potential for confusion.


Carlos Iglesias wrote:
> Hi Johannes,
>> Because the _decision_ is done by a human? Then that's the 
>> criterion for manual vs. semiauto.
> IMO Yes.
>> Now, what's a scenario for semiauto?
> I have never believed in the semiauto mode, my memories are that the arguments in favour where something like there are some assistant tools where the human has a secondary role.
> IMO once the tool need a human to decide (even if it's just a "Yes to all" thing) it's a manual result, otherwise it's automatic (or mixed/unknow)
> If we go on with semiauto we should have a clear scenario/example for it. Any?
> Regards,
>  CI.
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