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Re: Scope for EARL

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 12:27:07 +0100
To: "'Johannes Koch'" <johannes.koch@fit.fraunhofer.de>, <public-wai-ert@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001b01c52f9b$3f3b1480$4502010a@K2>


It is intentional that EARL is kept generic to serve most quality
assurance testing. The Subject is a URI so could point to any (RDF)
resource, not even necessarily on the Web (e.g.
<http://www.example.org/toasters/mytoaster>). Also the Testcase can be
any test, maybe even proprietary to others (e.g.

The only real restriction of EARL is the result which is a predetermined
set (although they can be subclassed for further granularity, they
remain to be one of Pass/Fail/NotApplicable/NotTested).

One operational example of that is the W3C HTML validator which can
output the validation result as EARL. This is not an accessibility test
per-se but testing a document (i.e. instance) to its own formal grammar
(i.e. specification)...


-----Original Message-----
From: public-wai-ert-request@w3.org On Behalf Of Johannes Koch
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 10:00
To: public-wai-ert@w3.org
Subject: Scope for EARL

Yesterday Gabriele asked me if EARL should only be used for 
accessibility test results. I think EARL can be used for other tests, 
too. What do you think?
Johannes Koch - Competence Center BIKA
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT.LIFE)
Schloss Birlinghoven, D-53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
Phone: +49-2241-142628
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