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Re: [SpecGL Draft] Provide an ICS and Require ICS part of the claim

From: Lynne Rosenthal <lynne.rosenthal@nist.gov>
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 07:16:08 -0400
Message-Id: <6.0.0.22.2.20040826071531.01c59168@wsxg03.nist.gov>
To: "Karl Dubost" <karl@w3.org>, <www-qa-wg@w3.org>

Karl

My comments on ICS - must have gotten lost - I made suggested changes to 
Provide an ICS.
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa-wg/2004Aug/0064.html

--Lynne

At 02:39 PM 8/25/2004, Karl Dubost wrote:
>Hi,
>
>I have noticed that I have forgotten two GPs for review. So I put them in 
>the specification and I have filled an issue item so we don't forget to 
>review them after publication. I put them here for record.
>
>The first one
>
>Good Practice:
>  Provide an Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) proforma.
>
>What does it mean?
>An Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) provides standardized 
>information about the conformance of an implementation to the 
>specification. It indicates which capabillities and options have been 
>implemented, as well as the limitations of the implementation. An ICS 
>typically takes the form of a questionnaire for implementor to complete.
>
>This Good Practice suggests that the specification itself include an ICS 
>proforma. (Caveat. The ICS concept may be inapplicable to some types of 
>specifications.)
>
>Why care?
>An ICS provides detail about conformance. The detail can, for example, be 
>used to identify the subset of a conformance test suite that is applicable 
>to the implementation to be tested. An ICS can also be especially valuable 
>in optionality choices in the implementation, and documenting the presence 
>of extensions.
>
>Related
>         Optionality, see section D.2
>
>Technique
>* Make a list of all requirements a developer has to met to implement the 
>specification
>* Identify with precision in the ICS which specification is  addressed 
>(dated URI, title, date, status)
>* Link from the ICS, each requirement to the appropriate section of the 
>specification.
>* Give the possibility for the developer to check if the criteria has been 
>met (a form, a table)
>
>
>Examples
>QA Specification Guidelines provides an ICS [QA-SPEC-ICS] to help 
>developers to verify the conformance to this document. Good practices 
>(informative) and Principles (normative), organized following the sections 
>of the document, are given in a table where developers can check yes, no 
>or not applicable.
>@@example2@@
>
>Second GP
>
>Good Practice:
>Require an Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) as part of valid 
>conformance claims.
>
>What does it mean?
>This simply puts together the previous two good practices. Not only could 
>the specification provide an ICS proforma for implementors, but it could 
>require it to be linked from its standardized conformance claim template.
>
>Why care?
>Providing a filled ICS with the conformance claim might help customers and 
>users to verify easily the level of support of individual requirements of 
>the specifications. It also strengthens the value of the claim.
>
>Related
>         See "Provide the wording for conformance claims" in section A.2
>
>Technique
>* Explain in the conformance claim section how the developer must fill the ICS
>* Give precise instruction how the ICS must be part of the conformance 
>claim. It might be an external document, it might a link to precise dated 
>document, etc.
>
>Examples
>@@example1@@
>
>
>
>--
>Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
>W3C Conformance Manager
>*** Be Strict To Be Cool ***
>
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