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test subject is a local file

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2006 12:19:10 +0200
Message-ID: <4522391E.2070305@w3.org>
To: public-wai-ert@w3.org


During last week's teleconference we started to discuss the issue of describing test subjects that are local files. There are two specific issues to consider in this:

1. How to identify the test subject uniquely (a filename may not be unique outside the local context)
2. Is it necessary to have a mechanism to record the contents of the files? If so, how would the mechanism look like?

The following proposals have been raised:

A. Use the existing WebContent class even though this is not information on the Web. This would also imply changing the description of the class in the spec as well as changing the domain of the http:body property so that it can be used for local files.

B. Develop a new FileContent class that contains optional properties to record the file name, its contents, as well as other properties that we may consider. So really a custom class for local files as we did for Web content.

C. Use the filename as the URI of a TestSubject class (neglecting that this may not be unique outside the local context), and forget about recording the actual contents of the files.

What do people think of these proposals? Are there other proposals?


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