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Re: EOWG: reply requested, wrapping up Involving Users doc

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 16:38:06 -0500
Message-ID: <434ED3BE.4050206@w3.org>
To: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>
Cc: wai-eo-editors <wai-eo-editors@w3.org>


Thanks for the comments. Replies below are preceded with SLH:

> It's time to start a little brainstorm on "Optimizing User 
> Involvement".  Here are my two suggestions:
> Involving Users Effectively
> Getting the Most from Users

SLH: added to list for EOWG discussion

> I have read the section on "Involving Diverse Users" twice, and I think 
> that the issue of "need" that Henk raised is actually addressed in the 
> latter part of the first paragraph.  However the sentence "People have 
> different disabilities..."  could be changed to People have different 
> disabilities [and needs]..."

SLH: added to list for EOWG discussion

> In the second paragraph of "Optimizing User Involvement".  I suggest the 
> following.  Move the sentece before the list to after the list.  Also, 
> either include the list within the paragraph flow, or use a definition 
> list.  The final result would be:
> ...from brief consultations to large-scale usability studies. ...  
> (inline descriptions of, or definition list for - informal and formal 
> evaluation) ... There are *many options in between these extremes.*

I tried putting it inline and I think the ideas are too complex and get confused:
Users with disabilities can be included in a wide range of evaluation activities, from brief consultations to large-scale usability studies. For example, informal evaluation of a specific accessibility issue can be as simple as asking a person in your office who uses a screen reader to find some data in an early draft of a data table that you are developing, observing their interaction, and discussing issues. Another example is formal usability testing of a Web site following established protocols to gather quantitative and qualitative data from representative users performing specific tasks. Formal usability tests can be optimized to focus on accessibility issues. There are many options in between these extremes.

I'm not sure of the benefit of using DL. Also, this isn't semantically a definition list.

Are you OK with it as is, or do you want to discuss with EOWG?

~ Shawn
Received on Thursday, 13 October 2005 21:38:18 UTC

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