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Re: Canonicalization test suite

From: Joseph Reagle <reagle@mit.edu>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 10:32:14 -0400
To: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>, Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Cc: w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org, Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>, mlong@mvsquared.net, Rich Salz <rsalz@datapower.com>, "Jose Kahan" <jose.kahan@w3.org>, Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>, Dominique Hazaƫl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Message-Id: <200510031032.15121.reagle@mit.edu>

On Monday 03 October 2005 08:41, Elliotte Harold wrote:
> I've written an unofficial test suite for XML Canonicalization based on 
> the W3C XML test suite. Basically I compared the outputs from 
> canonicalizing the entire W3C well-formed test cases using different 
> processors. This test suite has been informally passed around among 
> implementers of different C14N engines for some time now. However it's 
> not as formal as it should be, and I don't really have permission to 
> republish the modified W3C suite in the form this test suite requires, 
> though I doubt this really bothers  anyone.
> Would the W3C be interested in taking this over, reviewing it, and 
> republishing it as an official test suite for C14N? It's already 
> uncovered a number of bugs in different implementations, and I think it 
> would be useful to make it more easily available. There might well be 
> problems in it, and other tests that are needed, but I think it could be 
> a useful starting point.

This sounds like a useful contribution. However, given that this activity 
has expired, taking up a work item like this is not trivial (i.e., is there 
still sufficient interest/quorum to vet the test cases against the 
specifications, investigate and follow through with copyright issues and to 
the W3C process, etc.). I looked at [1] but don't see a question about 
contributions to expire activities! :) however I have cc:d Jose (who I 
believe it still the W3C team contact) and some of the folks associated 
with the W3C's quality assurance working group. Perhaps they could point to 
in the right direction.

[1] http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/2005/01/test-faq
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