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Re: Difference between consulting and testing

From: Alistair Garrison <alistair.j.garrison@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 19:40:20 +0100
Cc: Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
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To: Kerstin Probiesch <k.probiesch@googlemail.com>
Hi Kerstin, 

I agree...

Organisations offering testing should, to my mind, be independent and impartial - free from any commercial, financial and other pressures which might influence technical judgement (being paid just for the testing they undertake).  They should offer test results, without corrective consultancy.  

Precisely the same model for testing organisations is mirrored across many industries.  Take for example car safety testing centres in the UK (MOT centres) - which are independent and impartial - they do testing, but don't offer car services or repair any vehicles.

All the best 

Alistair

On 2 Nov 2011, at 18:11, Kerstin Probiesch wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> I suggest that we write a small chapter in our methodology about the
> difference between consulting and testing. One important point  I see
> is, that in a consulting process one can recommend those techniques
> which are oder might be the best for a given web page. One can also
> recommend favorised technique/s for an SC. While testing a web page,
> it is not important which techniques are the best or wether a web
> developer has used techniques the consultant favors. The only thing
> which is important is: Is the SC met or not? Therefore it is necessary
> to keep these two "levels" strictly apart and necessary that a tester
> is testing a web page in a dispassionate and sober attitude.
> 
> Thoughts?
> 
> Best
> 
> Kerstin
> 
> 
> 
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