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RE: definition of "prompt"

From: Heather Swayne <hswayne@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 19:16:18 -0700
Message-ID: <3C3175FCC945D211B65100805F1580890D3D242C@RED-MSG-07>
To: "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <charles@w3.org>, Jutta Treviranus <jutta.treviranus@utoronto.ca>
Cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
I prefer Jutta's original proposal, specifically because it acknowledges
that we are not using "prompt" in the way most software professionals will
think of it and explains why we made this choice.

Heather Swayne

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles McCathieNevile [mailto:charles@w3.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2000 11:52 AM
To: Jutta Treviranus
Cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
Subject: Re: definition of "prompt"

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
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

Charles McCN
  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
  Are there any objections from members who were not part of the call?

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