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Re: Quick Tips volunteers -- an offer

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 15:24:50 -0500
Message-Id: <a05200f31ba6f08639a5a@[]>
To: www-qa-wg@w3.org

At 8:14 -0700 2003-02-11, Lofton Henderson wrote:
>OpsGL:  Peter, Kirill, Dom, Lynne, Andrew, Olivier (optional)
>SpecGL:  Dimitris, Karl, Peter, Lofton, Lynne, Andrew, Olivier (optional)

SpecGL: Plan Conformance requirements for your specification.

The meaning of that is to organize and specify clearly what needs to 
be done for the Conformance. It doesn't mean that you will be able to 
define everything the first day of the WG, but that people can have a 
kind of Roadmap or todo list for the Conformance.

How-to organize your conformance plan.

1. Identify someone to take care of the Conformance requirements.
	Often it will be the QA person. This person will be in charge 
to write the materials for the editors of the spec or to push people 
in achieving their requirements.

2. Identify all classes of product:
	Write down in an email all products that your spec will 
address and send it to the WG mailing-list. Often if you have written 
a requirement doc for the technology, you will have the class of 

3. For each product define the conformance requirements
	In the  list you have made you can write down the list of 
requirements for each product. See Ruby Spec

4. Be consistent in the vocabulary
	It will be easier if you define a clear vocabulary in your 
spec and you stick to it. try to use the QA Glossary

5. Define minimum functionality
	After drafting your requirequements for each product, you 
define what's absolutely necessary to pretend to have a basic 

6. Deprecated feature
	Read the old version of the spec and identify if something 
has changed. How the new classes of product should deal with this new 
features. Discuss that with the WG.

7. Conformance section
	The conformance section MUST appear in the table of contents, 
so organize that with the editor of the Spec.

8. Define Branding
	In fact, It's how people will be able to make a claim that 
they are conformant implementing the spec in one way or the other, 
authoring content or tools implementing the spec, etc... It's why 
it's important to define the class of products.

9. Give an ICS
	It will help the user of the spec to claim how he has done the thing.

Karl Dubost / W3C - Conformance Manager

      --- Be Strict To Be Cool! ---
Received on Tuesday, 11 February 2003 15:39:08 UTC

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