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Re: Outline for Umbrella Specifications in ViS

From: Tim Boland <frederick.boland@nist.gov>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 10:00:32 -0400
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To: www-qa-wg@w3.org

In the proposed answer to the question "What is a Web technology?", 
"technology" is defined in terms of "technological" (seems somewhat 
circular to me?).

I think we need a definition of "technology" (or 
"technological").    Following are some definitions
I've found:

Definition 1  - A definition from the WCAG2.0 Glossary [1] "a markup or 
programming language, application programming interface (API), or 
communication protocol".

Definition 2 - A definition from dictionary.com [2] "the application of 
science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives", or "the 
scientific method and material used to achieve a commercial or industrial 

Definition 3 - Another definition from dictionary.com [2] "the practical 
application of science to commerce or industry", or [2] the "discipline 
dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to 
practical problems"

Definition 4 - From [3] "the practical application of knowledge especially 
in a particular area"

Would any of these suit our purposes re: answer to question "What is a Web 

Also, what is "objectively" meant by "coherent" in the proposed answer to 
the question "What is a Web

Finally, in answer to the question "Why does a WG choose to define a Web 
technology by having multiple specifications?" , in the case of CSS, some 
communities of interest approached the CSSWG about specific needs for their 
platforms (for example, cell phone, PDA, television, printer, speech 
synthesizer, etc).  Results
of these approaches may be various CSS profiles.    More information on the 
various CSS levels and profiles (and their respective "applicabilities") 
may be found under the "CSS Specifications" part of [4].

Thanks and best wishes
Tim Boland NIST

[1]: http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/#glossary
[2]: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=technology
[4]: http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/
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