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Re: TCDL - EARL (Was: TCDL Draft E)

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 11:00:51 +0200
Message-ID: <450FB1C3.2010001@w3.org>
To: Evangelos Vlachogiannis <evlach@aegean.gr>
Cc: TSDTF <public-wai-ert-tsdtf@w3.org>


Evangelos Vlachogiannis wrote:
> Shadi Abou-Zahra wrote:
>> We should also consider adding EARL reports in the metadata section of 
>> the test samples repository or in a new branch of the hierarchy.
> I was thinking (if I am not missing something) that the "expected EARL 
> reports" of the test samples (that would be for instance be compared 
> with those produced by tools) would be generated automatically (XSLT 
> with parameters) from TCDL (i.e. rules element  do we have all required 
> info?).

For EARL reports we need the following pieces:

* Assertor - constant value (for example "TSD TF")
* Subject - the test sample from the TCDL "files"
* Test - the technique from the TCDL "rules" (?)
* Result - has the following parts:
+ Validity - pass/fail from the TCDL "rules" (?)
+ Instances - pointers from the TCDL "locations"
+ Message - human readable error message

Ideally the error message is also somewhere in the TCDL but I am not sure where. IMO, all the required info should be available in the TCDL and generating EARL reports should be as simple as an XSLT file or similar mechanism for translation.

> This maybe raises an issue of either developing a mapping document of 
> TCDL-EARL either a kind of integration. Am I with you (??)

Actually, I am not sure if I am with you ;) I hope a mapping document will not be necessary...


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