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A Method for Writing Testable Conformance Requirements

From: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 11:07:37 +0100
To: spec-prod <spec-prod@w3.org>
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Hello spec-prod,

The Mobile Web Test Suites Working Group has been working on formalizing
the approach we took in collaboration with the Web Applications Working
Group in the development of a test suite for the Widgets Packaging &
Configuration test suite.

This has led to the writing of the Working Group Note that was published
yesterday:
A Method for Writing Testable Conformance Requirements
http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/NOTE-test-methodology-20100128/

A number of the considerations developed in the document should be
applicable to a fairly wide range of specifications, in particular
regarding the construction of testable conformance requirements in the
specification, and their relation to actual test cases.

An short excerpt of the document that can hopefully make you want to
read more:
        
        To be testable, a conformance requirement must contains certain
        the necessary information to create a testable assertions, as
        described in The Structure of a Test Assertion in the Test
        Assertions Guidelines [OASIS-TAG]. […]
        
        The structure of the conformance requirement can be decomposed
        into the following structural components:
        • Product […]
        • Strictness level […]
        • Prerequisites […]
        • Behavior […]
        • Terms […]

The methodology also relates in many ways to the QA Specification
guidelines:
http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/REC-qaframe-spec-20050817

Feedback and comments are very much welcomed.

Regards,

Dom
Received on Friday, 29 January 2010 10:07:47 GMT

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