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Re: SpecLite: extensions

From: Lynne Rosenthal <lynne.rosenthal@nist.gov>
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 18:38:04 -0400
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20040425183641.00b773b8@mailserver.nist.gov>
To: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Cc: www-qa-wg@w3.org
The definition for Extension is the one that is in SpecGL.  Are you (and 
Karl) proposing to change that definition?  If so, the WG should discuss this.

Lynne

At 01:50 PM 4/24/2004 -0600, Lofton Henderson wrote:
>Catching up on non-QAH business, I have some comments.  Here is the first...
>
>At 10:15 AM 4/14/2004 -0400, Lynne Rosenthal wrote:
>>The following is an expansion of text for the Extension section of 
>>SpecLite.
>>[...]
>>------------------------------
>>GLOSSARY Definitions:
>>Extension:  The ability to incorporate functionality beyond what is 
>>defined in the specification.   The ability to extend or enhance the 
>>specification.
>>Extensible:  The ability of a specification to accept extensions in a 
>>define way.  A specification is extensible if it provides a mechanism for 
>>any party to create extensions
>>Strict Conformance: conformance of an implementation that employs only 
>>the requirements and/or functionality defined in the specification and no 
>>more (i.e., no extensions to the specification are implemented).
>
>I think the definition of extension is wrong here (also on the Wiki) -- it 
>actually reads like a variation on the definition of 
>"extensibility".  Here is what Karl wrote [1], which I like:
>
>[[
>* Extensibility is the ability of a technology to accept extensions in
>a defined way. If the extensibility mechanism is not defined, the
>technology is not extensible.
>* Extension is an additional feature to a technology which gives the
>possibility to extend the behaviour of the technology.
>]]
>
>-Lofton.
>
>[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa/2004Mar/0034.html
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