FW: Re: Definition of wizard - from "Alice in Wonderland"???

Subject: FW: Re: Definition of wizard - from "Alice in Wonderland"???
From: rebecca_hopkins -at- comcast -dot- net (Rebecca Hopkins)
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 15:22:22 +0000

Hmmm, what's that bit from "Alice in Wonderland" about words meaning exactly what I want them to mean, neither more nor less...?

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From: arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com
To: rebecca_hopkins -at- comcast -dot- net
Subject: Re: Definition of wizard -
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 14:56:42 +0000

Like many technical terms, "wizard" means a number of things depending
up on the company, application, user needs, and various other aspects.
Here are some defintions for you:

- "A wizard is an interactive computer program which acts as an
interface to lead a user through a complex task, using step-by-step
dialogs." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard_(software)

- "A utility within an application that helps a user to quickly perform
a particular task." http://www.tjiss.net/glossary_w.html

- "A utility included with a software application that helps a user
perform certain functions. Wizards are often used to set a program up
for installation. They also provide templates that allow a user to
enter required information to create documents such as Web pages,
letters and spreadsheets." http://www.scotsmist.co.uk/glossary_w.html

- "A form of user assistance that automates a task through a dialog
with the user. A wizard is typically composed of property sheets."

- "An interface that enables you to complete a task in defined steps.
HATS uses wizards to create projects and their resources."

- "...a series of dialog boxes that guides you step by step through a
procedure." http://www.ontrack.com/glossary/

- "A "canned" procedure or work flow that does many steps towards one
particular goal automatically. After you run a wizard, you can then
fine tune the results if you wish."

- "WorkFlows feature that enables point-and-click execution of tasks."

- "...ask you several basic questions and then uses a template to
prepare and format a document for you based on your responses"

- "A tool created by Microsoft to ask you questions about a process and
by answering them enable the Wizard to create, for example, a form or

Hope that helps!


-----Original Message-----
From: Rebecca Hopkins <rebecca_hopkins -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 14:42:20 +0000
Subject: Definition of wizard -

Is there, for instance, some idea that a wizard ought to set you up
something workable at the end of the process, even though you are
clueless - that it gives you defaults and simple yes / no questions,
that it is
a mini-expert system?

Or is it a flexible series of dialog boxes that can respond to whatever
you put in - you put in .gif, it gives you the correct dialog for a
graphic; you
put in .doc, it gives you the correct dialog for text?


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