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Re: RDF Core test driven development and QA Test Doc

From: <david_marston@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 13:08:22 -0500
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, www-qa-wg@w3.org
Cc: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-ID: <OFB64DFDB6.BC413731-ON85256E14.00626880@lotus.com>

>> How did you demonstrate the existence of more than one conformant
>> (and presumably interoperable) implementations?

>As I understand it (as a close observer from the outside), the group
>saw itself as defining a language/data-format, not any particular
>software at all.  It wasn't really clear how interoperability could be

My presumption is that if the class of product being defined is a
language, then the WG issues a schema (or equivalent) for it. You test
an instance by trying to validate it against the schema.

We seem to be converging on the difference between a simple

"The 'em' element indicates the included text content has emphasis."
[Whatever "emphasis" might be....]

and a specification....

"Text within the 'em' element must be rendered by the browser in a
form that is more prominent than surrounding non-emphasized text."

The specification could then provide a non-exhaustive list of some
techniques that would be deemed to satisfy the "more prominent"
criterion. Some of them might be detectable by a machine and some
not. The test suite can be flexible about measurement techniques.
.................David Marston
Received on Wednesday, 7 January 2004 13:10:59 UTC

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