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Re: Microsoft's cross-document messaging and DOM Storage tests published

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 18:19:00 -0600
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Cc: Adrian Bateman <adrianba@microsoft.com>, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1233188340.13077.11040.camel@pav.lan>

Thanks a bunch for publishing/contributing
test materials, Adrian...

On Wed, 2009-01-28 at 10:44 -0800, L. David Baron wrote:
> On Wednesday 2009-01-28 09:27 -0800, Adrian Bateman wrote:
> > At a certain point, though, we will need to decide that certain
> > tests are "done" and should not be modified.
> No, the spec is normative, and the tests are not, so if tests are
> found to be incorrect, they should be fixed.

Since lots of developers will use the tests without reading
the spec, I prefer to have both the spec and the tests be normative.
If they conflict, there's a bug, and I don't see much value
in pre-judging where the bug is.

> (That said, there may be cases where it would be desirable to change
> the spec if the test caused interoperable behavior that disagreed
> with the spec but was not actually a problem.  However, that would
> need to be done through a decision to change the spec.)
> -David
Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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