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extending earl:outcome values (Re: comment on section 2.6.1 of EARL Schema)

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 12:19:42 +0200
Message-ID: <46331FBE.1060206@w3.org>
To: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hpl.hp.com>
CC: public-wai-ert@w3.org

Hi Jeremy,

Jeremy Carroll wrote:
> I am using EARL to produce test reports for GRDDL tests.
> My software being tested occasionally crashes :(
> I report:
>    earl:pass and earl:fail as appropriate,
> and also earl:notApplicable (because some of the GRDDL tests come in 
> groups which require only one test to be passed)
> I was thinking that there might be an appropriate code, e.g. 
> earl:disaster, for reporting that my software crashed during the test.
> There isn't. And for the purposes of testing, I guess the distinction 
> between earl:disaster and earl:fail is not important. So, if there was a 
> useful mechanism for extending earl:fail then I might use it. As is, 
> EARL allows me to add my own comment (e.g. earl:info) to the 
> earl:TestResult, so I don't see any need to suggest any other changes.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with EARL. Please feel free to
provide a pointer or description to your testing tool/script, we will be
collecting information about EARL implementations in the next while.

As to your question regarding extensibility, it should be possible to
subclass earl:fail for application-specific purposes. However, we also
received another comment on this part of the spec and will be addressing
it in our next publication.


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