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Bug 019: OutcomeValue Metadata

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@miscoranda.com>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 14:35:25 +0100
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=SDAT7sw4LzyZm_0_iw8WPXOZvpQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-earl10-comments@w3.org
This is feedback on these Last Call Working Drafts:

Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 Schema
W3C Working Draft 10 May 2011
http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/WD-EARL10-Schema-20110510/

Developer Guide for Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0
W3C Working Draft 10 May 2011
http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/WD-EARL10-Guide-20110510/

Specifically on OutcomeValue, which is defined in § 2.7 in the Schema:

http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/WD-EARL10-Schema-20110510/#OutcomeValue

In this section the dct:title and dc:description metadata is said to
be recommended which implies some level of optionality. However in the
Guide these properties are said to be mandatory:

§ 4.1 Conforming EARL 1.0 Reports
http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/WD-EARL10-Guide-20110510/#EARL10Reports

This has been filed as Bug 016. Compare also Bug 002. For the purposes
of this bug, it shall be assumed that the Guide has precedence and
that dct:title and dct:description are required.

Given that dct:title and dct:description are required, and given that
the enumerated EARL instances of earl:OutcomeValue are given values of
these properties in the EARL schema:

http://www.w3.org/ns/earl

Does that mean that a conforming EARL report still has to include its
own versions of what can be found in the schema? Would it not be
conformant against the Guide § 4.1 if values which are different from
those found in the schema are used? If it is valid to omit them
because the data is implied in the schema, why isn't this stated? And
does that apply for any other terms in the vocabulary?

This is a serious issue because it is an unresolved issue in
compliance, making it impossible to tell whether certain documents are
compliant against the Guide § 4.1 or not. Bug 004 is also relevant
here.

-- 
Sean B. Palmer, http://inamidst.com/sbp/
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