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Re: profiles/modules/levels -- 1 of 2

From: Mark Skall <mark.skall@nist.gov>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 09:50:48 -0400
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To: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>, Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Cc: www-qa-wg@w3.org

>But the fact
>that this different terminology is useful shouldn't hide the fact that
>levels are just one kind of profile!


I disagree.  The key aspect of profiles is that they are developed to meet 
the needs of a specific constituency.  (From the definition: " -- a subset 
of a technology that is tailored to meet specific functional requirements 
of a particular application community.)

Levels are typically done to make implementation easier or more 
practical.  Levels are for implementers, not for an application community. 
This is the real distinction between the two and, I believe, a very 
important distinction.

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