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unicorn roadmap (and further notes)

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 16:02:41 -0400
Message-Id: <70ABA74C-B53B-47F2-BE7A-8CFC7B9AA398@w3.org>
To: public-unicorn@w3.org

Hi all,

I don't this the current work on unicorn has been discussed here  
recently - active development of Unicorn has started again, as Jean- 
Gui is working with two students who joined us for an internship.  
They will be following the work plan drafted at:

Looking at the roadmap today, I wonder if we could be a little more  
ambitious in the "Simplifying the file formats" area. One of the  
things that the roadmap lists is to make the "observer's output  
format" easier. I think that's good, but I'd actually suggest we go  
one step further and give Unicorn some extra code to understand other  
formats, such as some EARL observations and the validator XML output  
used by Henri's validator.nu, which could also be adopted in some  
form or other by the W3C Markup validator.

Making this change would make it possible, at the expense of a bit of  
extra code, to plug unicorn with any online tool with an existing XML- 
based output. The service description (WADL) can be done by either  
the maintainers of the observer if they want, or by us.

So I suggest we look into making importers for unicorn. Either Java  
code to grok the formats directly, or (for a start perhaps, as a  
proof of concept) XSLT transformations into something Unicorn already  

How does this sound?
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