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Re: Proposed removing redundant checkpoint

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 08:44:08 -0400
Message-Id: <199906081238.IAA50236@relay.interim.iamworld.net>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
At 11:41 AM 6/7/99 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>Hello,
>
>In the 31 March document [1], checkpoint 4.1.1 reads:
>
>       Ensure that the software may be installed in a 
>       device-independent manner using any supported input 
>       and output devices. 
>
>And checkpoint 4.2.1 reads
>
>       Ensure that all functionalities offered by the user 
>       agent interface are available through all supported 
>       input devices. These include the installation
>       procedure, access to documentation, and software 
>       configuration. 
>
>The only reason 4.2.1 doesn't entirely subsume
>4.1.1 is that 4.1.1 refers to output devices (covered
>partially by 4.2.2). I propose deleting 4.1.1.
>

At the checkpoint level, I think it is better to separate installation from
repeat use.  You can have a common guideline about all user actions
required to install, use and maintain... (check EITAAC report for sample
language and cite at least in draft) <http://trace.wisc.edu/docs/eitaac/>.

In the dominant pattern of commercial practice the installer is a separate
program, not one of the functions of the program.  This colors public
perceptions, and we should talk in publicly-understood concepts where we can.

This was a point where at least one vendor spokesperson drew a line: making
a distinction between repeat use where access support was obvious to them
and install transactions which are a "one time thing" and were perceived as
less meritorious of the necessary investment.  If we wish overcome that
perception, we will have to spell it out in two checks; not throw a blanket
over them.

Al


> - Ian
>
>[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WAI-USERAGENT-19990331 
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> 
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