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Re: definition of "prompt"

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 15:17:33 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jutta Treviranus <jutta.treviranus@utoronto.ca>
cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0006201510240.11825-100000@tux.w3.org>
It would be helpful, in the definition, to discuss some concrete examples of
what are or are not considered prompts - the example in the current
definition is a good starting point, and another example would be a dialog
which says "There are elements missing alternative content. Please provide
alternatives for them <OK> <Help> <Forget it>" (or something like that).

Charles McCN

On Tue, 20 Jun 2000, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

  I have a few concerns about how much of this is a definition: I propose an
  edited version as follows:
  
  In this document "prompt" is used to mean urge, suggest, encourage. The form
  that this takes can be user configurable, but should not depend on the author
  to seek out the support, instead being initiated by the tool.
  
  Prompting is more than checking, automatically correcting, or making help
  and documentation available, as provided for in Guidelines 4, 5 and 6.
  
  The rest of the information is not part of a definition, but implementation
  advice. I think it is useful in the text of techniques, but not part of a
  definition.
  
  Charles McCN
    
    Prompt:
    In this document "prompt" does not refer to the narrow software sense 
    of a "prompt," rather it is used as a verb meaning to urge, suggest 
    and encourage. The form and timing that this prompting takes can be 
    user configurable. "Prompting" does not depend upon the author to 
    seek out the support but is initiated by the tool. "Prompting" is 
    more than checking, correcting, and providing help and documentation 
    as encompassed in guidelines 4, 5, 6. The goal of prompting the 
    author is to encourage, urge and support the author in creating 
    meaningful equivalent text without causing frustration that may cause 
    the author to turn off access options. Prompting should be 
    implemented in such a way that it causes a positive disposition and 
    awareness on the part of the author toward accessible authoring 
    practices.
    
    Are there any objections from members who were not part of the call?
    
    Jutta
    
  
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Charles McCathieNevile    mailto:charles@w3.org    phone: +61 (0) 409 134 136
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative                      http://www.w3.org/WAI
Location: I-cubed, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Postal: GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne 3001,  Australia 
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