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RE: [Action issue 506] Proposal to address meaning of "global con figuration"

From: Hansen, Eric <ehansen@ets.org>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 10:08:26 -0400
To: "'Ian Jacobs'" <ij@w3.org>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Message-id: <B49B36B1086DD41187DC000077893CFB03F7561A@rosnt46.ets.org>
Sounds reasonable.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ian Jacobs [mailto:ij@w3.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 12:06 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
> Subject: [Action issue 506] Proposal to address meaning of "global
> configuration"
> 
> 
> Hello,
> 
> At the 25 May teleconference [1], I got an action to write a proposal
> to address issues 506 [2].
> 
> The following checkpoints require a "global configuration": 2.3, 4.1,
> 4.2, 4.3, 4.9, and 10.2. 
> 
> The question raised by the reviewer was: when a user agent is a series
> of modules, how does the user agent ensure that a single configuration
> exists that satisfies the checkpoints in question? For instance,
> if I add a plug-in and that plug-in doesn't know about my global
> setting for reference text size, do I lose conformance?
> 
> I think that the answer is that a single global configuration is a
> sufficient, but not necessary, technique to satisfy the six
> checkpoints in question. I think, for example, that it is more
> important for the user to be able to enlarge text than it is to do so
> with a single configuration (in one place). It is preferable to only
> have to configure this once. But if I add a plug-in to my user agent,
> and that plug-in lets me configure the reference size of text, then
> that, in my opinion, satisfies the intended requirement of 4.1.
> 
> In the 25 May draft [3], the glossary reads:
> 
>   "In this document, the term global configuration is used to
>   emphasize when a configuration applies across Web resources."
> 
> This language does not limit the possiblity that the user might have
> to configure several modules, as long as for each module, the
> configuration has an effect across resources.
> 
> Therefore, I propose to address this issue by simply stating in the
> document that a "global configuration" is one that:
> 
>  a) Applies across Web resources (at least of the same type).
>  b) May be implemented by one or more settings in the user agent.
>  c) Where possible, a global configuration should be implemented
>     by one setting.
> 
> An optional piece of the proposal: change "global configuration"
> to "cross-resource configuration" in the text.

EH: I think that global configuration, if clarified in the document, should
be sufficient.

> 
>  - Ian
> 
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ua/2001AprJun/0217
> [2] http://server.rehab.uiuc.edu/ua-issues/issues-linear-lc3.html#506
> [3] http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/WD-UAAG10-20010525/
> 
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