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[Techs] proposed definitions re: my May 11 WCAG TTF Action Item

From: Tim Boland <frederick.boland@nist.gov>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 09:17:40 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
My action item from the May 11 WCAG TTF teleconference was to propose 
definitions
for terms "technology" and "techniques" used in the "Requirements for WCAG2.0
Checklists and Techniques" Document [1].   In fulfillment of that action item:



Proposed "technology" Definitions (identified as "technologydef"):

technologydef1 - A definition from the WCAG2.0 Glossary [2] "a markup or 
programming
language, application programming interface (API), or communication protocol".
Do we want to keep this same definition in [1] for consistency?

technologydef2 - A definition from dictionary.com [3] "the application of 
science, especially
to industrial or commercial objectives", or "the scientific method and 
material
used to achieve a commercial or industrial objective"

technologydef3 - Another definition from dictionary.com [3] "the practical 
application of science
to commerce or industry", or [3] the "discipline dealing with the art or 
science of
applying scientific knowledge to practical problems"

technologydef4 - Still another definition from [4] "the practical 
application of knowledge
especially in a particular area"


NOTE: The previously-mentioned proposed "technology" definitions have 
different nuances which may
or may not be important for WCAG work.   What are the preferences of WG 
members for
which "technology" definition should be included in [1]?

--------------------------end of proposed "technology" definitions---------

Proposed "techniques" Definitions (identified as "technniquesdef"):

technniquesdef1 - A definition from dictionary.com [5] "the systematic 
procedure by which a
complex or scientific task is accomplished

technniquesdef2 - Another definition from dictionary.com [5] "a method or 
body of methods for
accomplishing a desired end"

technniquesdef3 - In ATAG2.0 Glossary [6], "techniques" are defined as 
"informative suggestions
and examples for ways in which the success criteria of a checkpoint might
be satisfied"

technniquesdef4? - In SpecGL Section 1.5.1 [7], "techniques" are mentioned 
to "illustrate basic
(and non exhaustive) questions or methods to help realize the Requirement/Good
Practice and produce specification text", although there is no definition for
"techniques" currently in the SpecGL Glossary.


NOTE: The previously-mentioned proposed "techniques" definitions have 
different nuances which may
or may not be important for WCAG work.   What are the preferences of WG 
members for
which "techniques" definition should be included in [1]?   Since 
"techniques" are referenced in multiple W3C specifications, I think it 
would be good to use a common definition across W3C WGs if possible..

--------------------------end of proposed "technniques" definitions---------


[1]: http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/WD-wcag2-tech-req-20050503.html
[2]: http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/#glossary
[3]: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=technology
[4]: http://63.240.197.92/cgi-bin/mwdictaj?technology
[5]: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=technique
[6]: http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-ATAG20-20041122/#definitions
[7]: http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-qaframe-spec-20050428/
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