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RE: Review of UA Last Call Document

From: John Gardner <john.gardner@orst.edu>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 09:42:32 -0800
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The distinction between haptic and tactile is that haptic is intrinsically
duynamic.  For example, force-feedback devices like joysticks and haptic
mice either move or respont to motion by the user.  Braille is tactile but
not haptic, because it sits still and doesn't change in response to the
motion of the user's fingers.  Hope this helps.


At 09:53 AM 12/1/99 -0600, you wrote:
>Regrading John Gardners comments on tactile vs haptic...
>from dictionary.com
>tactile, adj. -Perceptible to the sense of touch;
>haptic, adj. - Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.
>common understanding of braille usage is through the sense of touch, many
>people are confused or are unsure of the term haptic. I would have no
>problem changing it to "tactile"
>Jim Allan, Statewide Technical Support Specialist
>Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
>1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
>voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9453  http://www.tsbvi.edu/
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: w3c-wai-ua-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ua-request@w3.org]On
>Behalf Of Ian Jacobs
>Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 1999 8:17 AM
>To: John Gardner
>Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
>Subject: Re: Review of UA Last Call Document
>John Gardner wrote:
>> 1c. Braille is tactile, not haptic.
>We had some discussion of this as well on 24 November and it
>was minuted that Braille is haptic. We'll have to review that
>(or just delete the term from the document).
John A. Gardner
Professor and Director, Science Access Project
Department of Physics
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
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