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Re: t0805-c5520-brdr-b-01-e.htm

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 12:58:18 +0000 (UTC)
To: Edward Reid <edward@paleo.org>
Cc: public-css-testsuite@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0506071256170.5211@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Tue, 7 Jun 2005, Edward Reid wrote:
> 
> My experience with this page was:
> 
> 1) Opening it in iCab 3.0.280 under Mac OS 9.1 resulted in different
> characters being displayed from those intended.

That's a bug in iCab. Score one for the test, whose job is to find bugs.


> 2) Opening the source in Page Spinner 3.1.2 under Max OS 9.1 resulted in 
> three garbage characters where the arrows should be.

Score two for the test.


> 3) Opening the source in TextPad under Windows XP SP2 resulted in 
> TextPad claiming these characters are non-ASCII and replacing them with 
> question marks.

Score three...


> 4) Opening the source in HTML-Kit under Windows XP SP2 resulted in 
> display of three garbage characters where the arrows should be.

Four.

Four bugs found with one test. Not bad! Normally a well-written test only 
finds one or two bugs at a time.


> So whether or not there is a technical specification for these 
> characters, in practice they are highly ambiguous using software in 
> widespread use today.

This would be a valid concern for a Web page. This is not a Web page, it's 
a test case. Test cases are designed specifically to catch bugs.

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