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Re: EARL Announcement

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 09:19:36 -0400
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To: "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>, <dd@w3.org>
Cc: <w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org>
I'd suggest we leave it alone.

I see Daniels point that it doesn't fully describe repair at this time.

However, we don't want to paint ourselves into a corner where we can't add 
it.  So it has that potential, even it it's not in the intitial release.

And even now, it can be used FOR repair.

Also, "Report" sounds too much like just one of the applications, making a 
human readable output summarizing the results.  So it makes it too narrow, 
and we need to omit the name "report".  This leaves the "R" in EARL meaning 

If someone can think of some meaningless thing for R to stand for that 
would be OK with me.

Having said all that, if the consensus of others is to make it Evaluation 
and Report Language, I'll go along with it.


At 11:04 PM 4/24/01 +0100, Sean B. Palmer wrote:
> > >    http://www.w3.org/2001/03/earl/
> > >    - EARL - the Evaluation And Repair Language
> >
> > [...] EARL: Evaluation and Reporting Language.
>How about Evaluation And Report Language? If we have "Reporting", we
>should also have "Evaluating", and "Evaluating And Reporting Language"
>doesn't really roll off of the tongue and into the mind.
>Having said that, this will mean that we'll have to update all of the
>schemas and so forth, so we should only change it if it's *really*
>necessary. We've already had two language name changes prior to this
>one, and I think that too many more would just make it confusing. The
>phenomics of the language overall does not really affect what it does,
>so I'm a little sceptical - not because it's a bad name change (it's a
>good idea), but because we'd be changing it at all.
>Kindest Regards,
>Sean B. Palmer
>@prefix : <http://webns.net/roughterms/> .
>:Sean :hasHomepage <http://purl.org/net/sbp/> .

Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities/UAP and Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Temple 
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