[Accessforall] "User preference key" instead of "User ID"

Gregg Vanderheiden gv at trace.wisc.edu
Fri Jul 6 09:32:09 UTC 2012

statements doesn’t grok to me semantically.

I think SET is a much clearer term to the lay public

just for grins I looked at wikipedia.

A kind of Expression (language) in language (linguistics)
GV: not a good fit 
Statement (logic), declarative sentence that is either true or false
GV:  really not a good fit
Statement (computer science), the smallest standalone element of an imperative programming language
GV:  nope
"Statement" (song), 2008 song by the Japanese band Boris
Statements (album), 1962 album by jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson
Financial statements, formal records of the financial activities of a business, person, or other entity
Mathematical statement, a statement in logic and mathematics
Political statement, any act or nonverbal form of communication that is intended to influence a decision to be made for or by a group
Press statement, written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media
Statement of Special Educational Needs, outlining specific provision needed for a child in England
a paper size also known as organizer L or half letter

GV:  none fit

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Set may refer to:
[edit]Mathematics and programming

Set (mathematics), A collection of well defined and distinct objects
GV:  yep
Set theory
Category of sets
Set (computer science), a data type that is a collection of unique values
GV:  Yep
Set (C++), an implementation of Set (computer science) in the C++ language Standard Template Library (STL)

SET, single electron transfer

Set (psychology), a set of expectations which shapes perception or thought

Set, to make/become solid: see Solidification
A television set
SET, Secure Electronic Transaction, a standard protocol for securing credit card transactions over insecure networks
SET, Single-Electron Transistor, a device to amplify currents in nanoelectronics
SET, single-ended triode, a type of electronic amplifier
SET Awards, The Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year Awards
Set (command), a command for manipulating environment variables in Unix and Microsoft operating-systems
Software Engineer in Test, a Quality Assurance job title in some software companies
Saw set, the process of setting the teeth of a saw so each tooth protrudes to the side of the blade


Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
Director Trace R&D Center
Professor Industrial & Systems Engineering
and Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Co-Director, Raising the Floor - International
and the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Project
http://Raisingthefloor.org   ---   http://GPII.net

On Jul 6, 2012, at 10:00 AM, Clark, Colin wrote:

> I also like the term "key." But I think I prefer "preference statements" to "preference sets," as it seems a little clearer and in line with the notion of the user interacting with the system under their own terms.
> Colin
> On 2012-07-06, at 1:46 AM, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:
>> How about we use the word  KEY and  SET
>> The KEY is what you pass up to the server so that it can figure out what preference SET to look up / use.
>> You can have many SETS that you might use.   One for when in private.  one while in public.  One that is Silent.
>> There can be keys to GENERIC SETS.
>> 		- for example - an older person doesn’t have a set of preferences yet and they go up to a kiosk to buy a phone.  The user says 'do you have one with large print".  The person at the phone kiosk (a little shop in the aisle of a big shopping market)   doesn’t really know what features there are or how to set them up.  But they do have a set of tags behind the counter and one says "for people low vision".   They touch it to the phone and it turns on all the low vision features.   If the phones have more than a simple set then there might be several "low vision 1" 2, 3 etc so the older person can try different sets easily. 
>> 		- another example -- a person is traveling and doesn’t want to expose their whole SET of preferences to this unknown machine (that might data mine them).  They only need basic setting on this ticket machine  so they use a GENERIC SET that matches them pretty well and they get it set up but leave only a Generic footprint behind.  (anything of course leaves some info -- but if they don't log in -- there is just a note that someone with that generic profile used that kiosk) .
>> On Jul 6, 2012, at 12:52 AM, Andy Heath wrote:
>>> What is the relationship between the keys and sets of preferences ?
>>> Is it that one key can be associated with more than one set of preferences ?  Is one set of preferences associated with more than one key ?
>>> andy
>>>> instead of saying "user is identified"
>>>> how about  we say "user’spreferencekeyis read (or obtained)"
>>>> In general
>>>> We talk about the user "identifying themselves"  and that info being
>>>> used to fetch their preferences all over the place as the first step
>>>> In fact they don't have to identify themselves - they just need to
>>>> provide a key that can be used to look up a set of preferences.  They
>>>> don't even have to be their preferences. they could be a generic preference.
>>>> This has privacy implications and implies that users identify themselves
>>>> in order to use GPII when they don't.
>>>> OK to change our language?
>>>> Someone have a better phrase to use than     "User preference key"  ?
> ---
> Colin Clark
> Lead Software Architect,
> Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
> http://inclusivedesign.ca

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