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Comments on XHTML Form test cases

From: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 15:26:23 +0100
To: public-mwts <public-mwts@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1197987983.8550.21.camel@altostratustier>

Hi,

A few comments on the XHTML Form test cases available at:
http://www.w3.org/2007/10/mwts-nist/index.html

General comments
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 * the title of the individual test cases should probably better reflect
to goal of the test case (rather than the generic "Forms element -
Mobile Web Test Group")
 * the test cases should explain more clearly what the user should (or
should not) see, and what (if any) operations she's supposed to do; some
tests have this, but most don't
 * most of the test where the mention of the attribute method being set
to POST don't need that information; in fact, it's probably more natural
to use "GET" by default rather than POST
 * please leave the "action" attribute of the form elements empty
(rather than set to a non-existent cgi/mailscript)


Test 1 (and 2, 3, 4)
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 * I'm not sure it's needed - I have never heard of a mobile browser
that wouldn't support HTTP POST in such a generic fashion; it could be
interesting to test some specifics aspects of HTTP POST (e.g. how much
data can be transmitted, or which default encoding is used), but I don't
think the test as is is useful; also, it lacks a submit button which
makes it impossible (or difficult) to submit it on a mobile device

A similar critic could apply to Test 2, 3 and 4; it's probably best just
to remove them.

Test 8
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 * the test only applies on a browser which supports javascript; this
should be made clear in the description

Test 9 and 11
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 * Not sure what's the difference between these two tests are

Test 14, 15, 16, 17
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 * they only add styling to the equation - not sure that's useful in the
context of testing the form elements

Test 30
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 * there is a typo ("elemenst")

Thanks,

Dom
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