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Re: Issues brought up in the DOM WG and general principles for the future

From: Ray Whitmer <rayw@netscape.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 07:39:02 -0800
Message-ID: <3C863816.1080205@netscape.com>
To: Dimitris Dimitriadis <dimitris@ontologicon.com>
CC: Curt Arnold <carnold@houston.rr.com>, www-dom-ts@w3.org
My  opinion is we should only  accept submitted tests in the XML DOMTS 
format.  If there are binding-specific things, then this should be 
accomodated using that format.  I do not feel  that the potential for 
getting more tests in a particular language outweighs the advantage in 
getting all of  them in a platform-neutral way.

Were the current guidelines  not strict, the anticipated Netscape 
contributions would not be language-neutral.  If the  tests were  not 
language-neutral, and some tests were submitted that did not apply to 
the platform I work on, my incentive to care about  the correctness of 
the tests would diminish, which I believe would result in a lower quality.

On the other hand, Netscape would have loved to just dump all its tests 
into someone else's hands and not worry  so much about format or quality.

Ray Whitmer

Dimitris Dimitriadis wrote:

> I brought up the issue, but I still think we should anticipate that 
> submitted tests are in the XML DOMTS format in order to allow for 
> generating both bindings. Do you think the advantage of having tests 
> submitted in a particular language outweighs the design we currently 
> have?
>>> DOM WG: I (again) raised the issue of having to get more tests 
>>> submitted
>>> from member companies, especially as we want to move along as a WG to
>>> reach Recommendation of DOM level 3. The DOM WG members promised to 
>>> look
>>> into this and try to allocate resources. I also brought the issue that
>>> there have been very limited resources working on the DOM TS to the DOM
>>> WG's attention, indicating that this cannot continue indefinitely if we
>>> want to ensure some sound quality requirements for the DOM TS.
>> Making any existing tests (in whatever language) available would be a 
>> great
>> help.
Received on Wednesday, 6 March 2002 10:39:34 UTC

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