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Question on Developing Test Assertions

From: Mark Skall <mark.skall@nist.gov>
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 12:42:36 -0500
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To: www-qa-wg@w3.org

Now that we've finished going through the test assertions I generated for 
SpecGL, it seems there is still one unanswered question: How are we going 
to develop test assertions (and modify the existing SpecGL assertions) in 
the future?

There are at least 2 possible scenarios:

1) Develop the test assertions the same way I developed the SpecGL ones 
(i.e., use the conformance requirements PLUS additional info from 
Rationale, Discussion, Examples, etc.)  I used this additional info because 
I felt more info was needed to fully define (and test) the conformance 
requirements.

2) Use ONLY the conformance requirements - no more no less - to generate 
the assertions.  In my mind, this is the ideal, and preferred, 
approach.  The conformance requirements section SHOULD (MUST?) be complete 
and self-contained.  Using any additional info really means we're adding 
non-normative requirements to the test assertions.  However, in order to 
use this approach, the conformance requirements have to be scrutinized to 
ensure completeness.

Perhaps, there is a 2-tiered approach:  Use the additional info (scenario 
1) the first time the assertions are generated.  The main intent would be 
to flush out problems/inconsistencies in the guideline.  Then use ONLY the 
conformance requirements (scenario 2) to re-do the assertions for the final 
version.

Any thoughts?

Mark

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Mark Skall
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Information Technology Laboratory
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