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Re: Do browser writers use these testfiles?

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:59:44 -0500
Message-ID: <4B6651B0.6060603@mit.edu>
To: Melissa Newman <melissa@newmanfamily.org>
CC: public-css-testsuite@w3.org
On 1/31/10 8:13 AM, Melissa Newman wrote:
> Who is the target audience for these test cases?  Is this to test the
> specification against real life examples (does it actually make sense)?

To a large extent, yes.  The test suites should ideally be such as to be 
able the "Is this specification implementable?" question.  Better yet, 
"Is this specification implementable by just reading it and then 
implementing it?" (though this latter is hard).

> Or do companies like firefox, Opera, and Microsoft actually go to SVN
> and obtain these test files to use for their own internal testing?

The current way the tests are set up (with arbitrary pass conditions 
that require either a person or very good AI to decide whether the test 
has passed) makes this pretty difficult to do.  But yes, at some point 
implementation reports are supposed to be produced that indicate how the 
implementations do on the tests...

Not sure whether this answers your questions.

Received on Monday, 1 February 2010 04:00:18 UTC

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