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Re: Functionality Categories

From: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 11:26:32 -0500
Message-ID: <3C3C6F38.3BFBB4C9@utoronto.ca>
To: "w3c-wai-au@w3.org" <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
re: "direct" & "indirect" editing

I debated with myself about introducing new terminology. But "indirect"
seems cover some cases that WYSIWYG does not:

1. Programming environments that make heavy use of graphic objects
rather than raw code during editing (ex. IShell)

2. Multimedia sound and haptic editors that have visual representations
that differ substantially from the final sonic or haptic version.

re: markup/document editing and programming/code editing functionality

This is quite sticky. At the implementation level it is difficult to
separate editing of markup from editing of code, but I keep coming back
to one thought - "surely, the techniques we want to provide tools that
help the author create markup are different from the techniques we want
to provide tools that help the author create code which, in turn, is
capable of producing content". Let's put this on the agenda of a
conference call.


> The 'direct' and indirect' editing bit seemed confusing to me, and I think
> that talking about "WYSIWYG" editing modes makes more sense.

> I also think that what we currently call "markup editing tools" are more
> obviously "document editing tools" (for example Front Page, Word,
> Dreamweaver, Amaya) or in some cases code editing tools (e.g. HomeSite,
> Dreamweaver 4, asWedit, Hotdog). Are the code editing tools in the same class
> as programming tools? I think that the essential difference is that
> programming tools create something dynamic, but I am not sure if that is
> important - it only applies as a criterion in a handful of WCAG checkpoints
> and for 7.2
> So I propose that we consider changing the way we use these two categories
> (markup/document editing and programming/code editing).


Jan Richards
UI Design Specialist
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC)
University of Toronto

Phone: (416) 946-7060
Fax: (416) 971-2896

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