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Are self-describing reftests required?

From: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:46:56 -0700
To: "public-css-testsuite@w3.org" <public-css-testsuite@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CA7BAE70.7367%stearns@adobe.com>
Hey all,

There was some discussion on #whatwg this morning about where to go for
documentation on writing CSS3 tests that will be accepted. Looking at the
links on these pages:

http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/Test/
http://wiki.csswg.org/test

I see a page on writing reftests, but none of the other pages say much about
them. The only mention of reftests I could find was the match/mismatch
metadata. In particular, there's nothing that requires a submitted test be a
self-describing reftest. I am under the impression that self-describing
reftests are vastly preferred, if not outright required.

Are reftests a requirement, a strong preference, or something less? If it's
one of the first two, shouldn't the test suite documentation and test
writing guidelines mention them?

Thanks,

Alan
Received on Thursday, 25 August 2011 14:47:27 GMT

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