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Re: [earl] Toward a uniform output format for validators

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 09:05:59 +0900
Message-Id: <C45F828B-2769-49DB-8F56-76407EE17961@w3.org>
Cc: QA Dev <public-qa-dev@w3.org>
To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>

Hi Karl,

On Feb 14, 2007, at 13:17 , Karl Dubost wrote:
> I think it would be very useful to have a uniform output format for  
> validators.

Indeed, that's something I have been discussing quite a lot recently,  
within the team (notes from work with Yves coming up soon) and on www- 
validator [1].

> I'm more interested for now of the abstract representation, then we  
> can choose a format.

Right. Worth doing in parallel, I believe, is keep an eye on EARL  
(any other equivalent we should be looking at) as it has a  
interesting modeling for reporting, where we could find ideas to add  
to the format.

> CSS validator:
>
>  - physical context: Line number
>  - logical context: class names or ids
>  - Message: descriptive with variations
>  - type of result: warning, error, level

OK, this is the modeling of a single message. Something Yves and I  
have been working on is the modeling of the observation itself, which  
encompasses a group of messages. I guess an alternative would be to  
have each message be a single observation, but that would perhaps be  
a problem when several messages relate to each others, e.g:
Error: element foo not closed
Info: start tag was here


> Maybe we should ask Henri Sivonen, Sam Ruby as well.

Yes, I think we should have this discussion in www-validator.

I'll be sending something with my notes taken while working with Yves  
in the days to come. Maybe we can take it from there.
-- 
olivier 
Received on Thursday, 15 February 2007 00:06:04 GMT

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