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RE: Action Item A-2002-03-1-6

From: Kirill Gavrylyuk <kirillg@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 15:09:50 -0800
Message-ID: <B3F0DACD72892E4DB7E8296C6C9FC2F605074DF7@red-msg-03.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "peter fawcett" <pfawcett@real.com>, <www-qa-wg@w3.org>
Thanks, Peter!
Please double check if you agree with the text at [1], checkpoint 6.3
below, or if I need to add anything more.
 
 Checkpoint 6.3. In the QA Process document, describe how the test
materials will be published and point to the corresponding web page.
[Priority 2] 
If the test materials are to be published on the W3C site, it is
recommended to locate them within the corresponding activity domain. It
is strongly recommended not to publish test materials in the TR space
for the following reasons: 

*	Documents published in TR space cannot be changed. Test
materials change and evolve frequently even after the specification
becomes the Recommendation. Changes can be triggered by new submissions,
specification errata's, test errors reports, new versions of the
specification. 
*	TR space is intended for Technical Recommendations. While test
materials can serve as an extensive set of use cases and help in
interpretation of the related specification, they are not intended to
play the role of recommendation. 

 
[1]
http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/2002/framework-20020311/qaframe-ops#b2ab3d203
 
-----Original Message-----
From: peter fawcett [mailto:pfawcett@real.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 2:58 PM
To: www-qa-wg@w3.org
Subject: Action Item A-2002-03-1-6


Action Item# A-2002-03-1-6: 

There was a question put to the WG concerning where to publish Test
Materials, in TR space or some where else. The WG had discussed this on
the email list and had reached agreement that publishing Test Materials
in TR space was not the correct thing to do but this decision was never
formalized so that it could be explained/justified to other WG's. Below
is a summary of the various reasons put forward by the QA WG members. 

1) A number of folks felt that publishing Test Materials to TR space was
a bad idea because of the dynamic nature of Test Materials. This dynamic
nature takes two main forms. First there may be additional submissions
to a test suite after the Rec has been published to TR space. Second
there may be errata or a need for new cases that weren't anticipated
when the Rec was finalized. 

2) Publishing Test Materials in the TR space dilutes the TR space. A
related suggestion is to have Test Materials be published to their own
web space. A few suggestions were put forward, primarily WG/QA or
WG/Test. 

3) Keeping the Test Materials in a WG/Test space keeps the Test
Materials under the control of and responsibility of the WG itself. 

These seem to be the main threads of the discussion. 
Peter Fawcett 
Received on Tuesday, 26 March 2002 18:09:56 GMT

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