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RfC: WebApps Testing Process

From: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:04:47 -0400
Message-ID: <4D946DDF.3010808@nokia.com>
To: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
Hi All,

During the 2011 TPAC meeting, I agreed to an action (action-611) to work 
with Chaals and WebApps' Team Contacts to define the group's testing 
processes.

To that end, I created the following documents:

1. http://www.w3.org/2008/webapps/wiki/Testing - some high level goals, 
and links to other related resources.

2. http://www.w3.org/2008/webapps/wiki/Submission - licensing info, test 
repository structure and how to submit tests. Notes: a) since WebApps 
will have a test suite per spec, the proposed structure is different 
than the structure used by HTML WG; b) if the proposed structure is 
accepted, some of WebApps existing dirs in Hg will need to be moved.

3. http://www.w3.org/2008/webapps/wiki/Approval - how to start a test 
case review, approval process, how to update an approved test case

4. http://www.w3.org/2008/webapps/wiki/Harness - short intro to the 
harness which is a reuse of the one used by the HTML WG (created and 
maintained by James Graham)

Comments on any of the above are welcome, especially regarding the 
various "@@@ TBD: ..." tags that are sprinkled throughout the above 
documents.

A couple of questions too ...

1. What is the level of uptake of testharness.js within the HTML WG and 
other WGs? If any of these groups provide "usage" information, what are 
the URIs? Do any WGs make testharness.js's use Mandatory? Currently, its 
usage in the above documents makes its usage a "Should".

2. What, if any, requirements/guidelines are there regarding copyrights 
in test files? For example, does every file in a test suite need a W3C 
copyright? Are external contributors allowed to include their own 
copyright(s)?

3. Where can I find some information about "RefTests"? In particular, 
where is the RefTest usage information HTML contributors use?

Regarding an "inventory" of WebApps' test suites - currently, if a spec 
has a test suite, a link to the suite is included on the PubStatus page 
(Remarks column). I could add a new column to PubStatus like "Testing" 
to make testing standout a bit more; or I could create a new document 
for the test suite inventory. Comments on this are also welcome:

    http://www.w3.org/2008/webapps/wiki/PubStatus

-Art Barstow
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