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Re: Proposed removing redundant checkpoint

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 11:20:38 -0400
Message-Id: <199906081515.LAA58263@relay.interim.iamworld.net>
To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
At 08:55 AM 6/8/99 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>Al Gilman wrote:
>> 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
>> 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.
>Hi Al,
>One way to avoid the blanket is to enumerate the important
>cases in the general checkpoint. Something like the 
>  Ensure that all functionalities offered by the user agent
>  interface are available through all supported input devices.
>  This includes installation, access to documentation, 
>  and software configuration.
>Then, to repeat the discussion in the rationale section and
>techniques document.

Don't get me wrong.  For my own use, I distinctly prefer a short (Occam's
razor) list of powerful principles that generate all the necessary cases.
I spend a lot of my life railing againsf over-atomization that destroys the

But this document has to communicate to lots of people and not just me.
The popular definition of a checklist item is something you can or would
normally observe by itself.  On balance I think it is better to show the
unity in a theory section and split these particular two in the checklist
for the reasons I stated.  This is just an indication of my individual
opinion on something I regard as a "better" not a "showstopper" distinction.


> - Ian
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