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[QA Review] xml:id Version 1.0

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 15:06:43 -0500
To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Cc: Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>, public-xml-id@w3.org
Message-id: <878y6etz58.fsf_-_@nwalsh.com>
/ Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org> was heard to say:
| I was wondering if you had seen as well
| http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-xml-id/2005Jan/0012

No, I had not. And it took me a *a long time* to figure out why. For
one thing, it never arrived in my personal mailbox for no reason that
I can explain, but then it's also a "follow-up" to a message you posted on
the first working draft and my issue tracking tool suppressed that
thread because it wasn't from LC1. Sigh.

Looking at the message:

> Dear XML WG,
> 
> Le 04 août 2004, à 17:43, Karl Dubost a écrit :
> > This is a QA review of
> > 	xml:id Version 1.0
> > 	W3C Working Draft 7 April 2004
> > 	http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xml-id-20040407/
> 
> My initial review of xml:id
> 
> > http://www.w3.org/QA/2004/08/xml-id-qa-review
> 
> We have discussed [1] in the QA WG about one of the Requirement, that I 
> credited successful, but some people in the QA WG thinks that it 
> doesn't meet the criteria.
> 
> Looking at
> 	http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xml-id-20041109/
> 
> Let's say that the point Requirement 2.2.A [2] is then failed
> 	"Identify who or what will implement the specification."
> 
> To meet the criteria of this requirement in the specification, please 
> do this modification to your document following the techniques:
> 
> [[[
> Give the classes of products in the specification:
> 	1.  	 Think about all the types of products or services that will 
> implement this technology, group those that are similar and/or 
> basically achieve the same purpose, and determine the generic name for 
> the group.  This would be the class of product.
> 	2.  	List these classes of products in the specification.
> 	3.  	Describe them as part of the scope.
> ]]] - [3]

The CR draft clearly identifies that it is the 'xml:id processor' that
implements this specification. It goes on to say:

"This specification defines xml:id processing, but it is up to the
application to determine when such processing occurs. Users of
applications that provide facilities for modifying XML documents may
reasonably expect xml:id processing to occur whenever a change is made
to an ID value."

I believe that that satisfies the issue you identified above.

> Then as a suggestion for your prose
> 
> =================================================================
> 1. Introduction
> 	1.1 Scope of xml:id
>   	
> 	Classes of Products
>         Here is the list of classes of products for which this 
> specification defines conformance requirements.
>         * XML Processors
> 			[Prose explaining what's an XML processors]
>         * DTD and XML Schemas (non required but encouraged)
> 			[Prose explaining why]
>         * Author of XML documents (non required but encouraged)
> 			[Prose explaining why]
> =================================================================
> 
> What about XML schemas and DTD authoring tools? or more that you might 
> think of?
> 
> That would make a more satisfying specification.
> 
> 3.2.B [4] is not met as well
> 	"Indicate which conformance requirements are mandatory, which are 
> recommended and which are optional."
> 	In the conformance section [5] of xml:id, it's very hard to know what 
> are the strict requirement for an XML processors with regards to 
> xml:id. That would be good to explicit it in the conformance section, 
> then the implementers will have no doubts about it.
> 	For now it's lost in the prose of the document.

I believe the conformance section now clearly identifies which
requirements are manditory and which are not:

"Conformance to constraints that \u201cmust\u201d be assured is
mandatory. It is recommended that applications assure the other
constraints as well. This specification defines no simply optional
constraints."

> 4.3.A [6] is not met
> 
> I encourage you first to read this message from Dave Marston, IBM [7]
> 
> Suggestion
> =================================
> xxx. Extensibility of xml:id
> 
> [Write prose here if you expect people to extend the behaviors already 
> defined in the specification, if not say so. xml:id is not extensible 
> and as to be implemented as it is.]
> =================================

This is now addressed by Section 8 of the CR draft.

I believe that we have addressed all of the issues raised in this message,
please let me know if you agree.

> [1] http://www.w3.org/mid/5.1.0.14.2.20041227125546.026af9f0@localhost
> [2] 
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-qaframe-spec-20041122/#implement-principle
> [3] http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-qaframe-spec-20041122/#implement-tech
> [4] http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-qaframe-spec-20041122/#req-opt-conf
> [5] http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xml-id-20041109/#xmlid-conformance
> [6] http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-qaframe-spec-20041122/#extensibility
> [7] 
> http://www.w3.org/mid/OFAAA57F61.7560A892-ON85256F80.00532649@lotus.com

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

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