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Re: [SpecGL Draft] A.2 Provide the wording for conformance claims.

From: Lynne Rosenthal <lynne.rosenthal@nist.gov>
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2004 12:44:18 -0400
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20040806122405.02f978f0@mailserver.nist.gov>
To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>, www-qa-wg@w3.org

In addition to Dom's comments.....

>Principle:
>         Provide the wording for conformance claims.
>
>What does it mean?
>         Claiming conformance to a technology is required in certain 
> conditions, therefore it is important to give users the possibility to 
> make such claims without ambiguities. Identification of the specification 
> version, of the class of products, of the degree of conformance are some 
> of the items that could be part of such wording. It will cover the 
> different possible usage of the specification.

Suggest: It is inevitable that people (e.g., vendors, purchasers) will 
either claim conformance or demand conformance to a technology.    In fact, 
claiming conformance to a technology may be required in certain 
situations.  Thus, it is important to provide a consistent and unambiguous 
way for these claims to be made. Identification of the specification 
version, class of products, and conformance label are some of the items 
that could be part of such wording.

>Why should I care?
>         Having a more or less uniform way of claiming conformance for 
> particular usage of the technology will avoid confusion of people who are 
> interested by such claims. It can happen in many different context which 
> can be legal for policies and laws, or commercial when selling a product.

Suggest: Having a framework by which conformance claims can be made for a 
particular usage of the technology, will minimize confusion by people who 
are interested in such claims. There are many contexts for which 
conformance claims are sought, including legal as part of regulations, 
laws, or policies and commercial when selling or buying a product.

>Related:
>         •       Conformance claims are closely related to issues of logos &
>branding. See @@Sec.X.Y@@ of The QA Handbook [QA-HANDBOOK].
>
>Techniques:
>
>1. Identify all variabilities of the specification: class of products, 
>modules, profiles, levels, extensions.

I agree with Dom.  Lets keep this simple.  How about suggesting using a 
PICS (but don't put this first)

>2. Give all information identifying uniquely the specification: name, 
>versioning, date.

exactly.

>3. Write the wording of your conformance claims including this information:
>         •       the specification name,
>         •       the specification version,
>         •       the degree of conformance satisfied,
>         •       information about the subject which is claiming conformance,
>         •       the date of the claim.

Suggest: Provide a template of the conformance claims, which includes 
placeholders for the following:


>4. The specification should require that conformance claims contain at 
>least this information.
>
>Examples
>         [Ed note. WAI specs have some good  examples.]
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