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Re: CDR: Appendix B lacks testable conformance criteria for user agents

From: Steve K Speicher <sspeiche@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 10:49:15 -0500
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: public-cdf@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFEA48CA11.CF2D3046-ON8525712A.00750CE8-8525712B.0056CA34@us.ibm.com>

Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com> wrote on 01/02/2006 05:07:07 AM:

> Appendix B (Conformance Criteria) does not include any meaningful, 
> testable conformance criteria for user agents.
> 
> "Conformant user agent must implement DOM Level 3 Core interfaces."
> 
> - This and other statements in this section should be rewritten to 
> start with "A conformant user agent" or "Conformant user agents", it 
> is ungrammatical as written.

Changed.

> - The body of the spec says DOM Level 3 Core subsets are allowed, but 
> this calls specifically for L3Core. What is the intent? It sould be 
> made clear in all places. Also, it may be more clear to just say 
> "must implement DOM Level 3 Core", since it adds nothing to say 
> "interfaces". Also, if a subset (any subset) is allowed, then this 
> criterion means nothing and is not testable.

How about this rewording: 
"A conformant user agent must implement DOM Level 3 Core, either full or a 
profiled subset."
 
> "Conformant user agent must implement DOM Level 3 Event interfaces."
> 
> - same comments as above
> 

Likewise:
"A conformant user agent must implement DOM Level 3 Events, either full or 
a profiled subset."

> "Conformant user agent must support specialized DOM interfaces 
> required by the profile."
> 
> - Surely this requirement should be called for by the profiles 
> themselves. It's weird for a spec to demand conformance with 
> unspecified other specs. Also, since no specific interfaces are 
> required, this criterion is not testable.
> 

This as been removed from the "User Agent Conformance" section.

> "Conformant user agent must support ReferencedDocument interface."
> 
> - Since the body of the spec makes this a "may" and even then 
> declines to state what particular objects should implement this 
> interface, this is not a testable conformance criterion.
> 

This has been removed. [1]

> "Conformant user agent must support ReferencingElement interface."
> 
> - Since the body of the spec makes this a "may" and even then 
> declines to state what particular objects should implement this 
> interface, this is not a testable conformance criterion.
> 

This has been removed. [1]

> "Conformant user agent must support DocumentEventPropagation interface."
> 
> - Since the body of the spec declines to state what particular 
> objects should implement this interface, this is not a testable 
> conformance criterion.

This has been removed, since the associated interface is being removed.

[1] These conformance clauses will be updated to require compliance to the 
forthecoming "Windows Object" specification from the Web APIs WG.

Thanks for your comments.  Please let us know within 2 weeks if this does 
not address your comment.

Regards,
Steve Speicher on behalf of the CDF WG 

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