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Re: Testable assertion tagging for W3C specifications

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 10:39:08 -0700
Message-ID: <3CDAB43C.2010508@textuality.com>
To: scott_boag@us.ibm.com
Cc: Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@datadirect-technologies.com>, spec-prod@w3.org, w3c-query-editors@w3.org, www-qa@w3.org
scott_boag@us.ibm.com wrote:

> Too often we think
> of the specification as prose.  What it really must be is

This is a strong assertion that may be true but probably requires some 
supporting evidence.  In my experience the human-readability of a spec 
is an important factor in its successful uptake by the community.  XML 
1.0 is admittedly a counter-example, but should I ever undertake another 
large-scale core-technology spec editing assignment, I'd put a lot more 
energy into the prose.

Having said all that, the testable-assertions hypothesis probably merits 
serious investigation.  I'm not sure it merits immediate adoption. -Tim
Received on Thursday, 9 May 2002 22:17:31 UTC

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