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Re: Minor word change suggestion for current draft W3C WebDriver standard

From: David Burns <david.b@browserstack.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:04:15 +0100
Message-ID: <CABG5DTfjmB1c3K_LGfQ4awmjPQUBOsyuUt8_1fmHnPG7MOR3Xw@mail.gmail.com>
To: "M. Bearden" <commercial@beardens.net>
Cc: "public-browser-tools-testing@w3.org" <public-browser-tools-testing@w3.org>, "mark@beardens.net" <mark@beardens.net>
Hi Mark,

Thank you for your comments.

I believe that `introspection` is the correct terminology here. The
WebDriver implementations work by looking into the browser to get the
necessary moving pieces to work. This allows a remote client to send a
request but that request doesn't actually inspect the browser. It relies on
the browser looking internally for the right item and returning it.



On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 9:32 PM M. Bearden <the.beardens@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Dear WebDriver standards team,
> This is very minor, but if it's a valid point, it seems more salient
> because it affects the very opening sentence of the standards document.
> The first sentence (Abstract) of the July 2020 draft of the WebDriver
> standard is:
>     WebDriver is a remote control interface that enables *introspection*
> and control of user agents.
> Wouldn't the word "inspection" be better than "introspection"?   The word
> "introspection" means observation of *one's own self*, by *one's own self*.
> *introspection:  *a reflective looking inward *: *an examination of one's
> own thoughts and feelings
> <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/introspection>
> The next sentence of the standard goes on to confirm "...a way for *out-of-process
> programs* to *remotely* instruct the behavior of web browsers...".  That
> matches my own first thought, that the inspection (as well as control) of a
> web browser or other application is being done by a remote outside tester
> or test system, not by the browser/application itself.
> Very minor, but it did jump out at me while I was looking at the current
> draft.
> Respectfully,
> Mark Bearden
> Woodstock, GA
> https://www.linkedin.com/in/markbearden/

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