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Re: [Draft-SpecGL] Umbrella specifications version 2

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 14:57:30 -0400
Message-Id: <07d43b244aa5913e65e0c1855b1fc811@w3.org>
Cc: www-qa-wg@w3.org
To: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>

I added Dom's comment. Yes there's room for more discussion. I second 
your proposal publishing with this text and then continue to work on 
this text here. :)

Thank you very much, Dom.

4.2. Umbrella specifications

A specification is a document that prescribes technical requirements to 
be fulfilled by a product, process or service.

There is a tension between defining a technology by setting as many
requirements as possible inside one document and setting a few
requirements in many documents. The former allows to get a more cohesive
set of requirements, while the latter enables a more flexible

A monolithic specification sets all the requirements created for a given
technology in a single document.

The W3C Process document provides a framework for Working Groups to 
help them publish their specifications and enforce some quality 
practices (for example, implementation phase during Candite 
Recommendation). But it doesn't define of what a technology consists, 
nor how a technology relates to one or several specifications.

Defined in one or several documents, specifications can import 
requirements of other specifications with normative references. Some 
specifications, denoted below as umbrella specifications, create all 
the requirements of the technology they define by simply grouping 
requirements of existing specifications in a well-defined manner.

Figure 1: Umbrella specification

	[Here the figure]

On this figure, the technology is composed of two modules (defining 
functional division of the technology), a profile (defining the 
requirement of implementation for a specific device) and a primer 
(introducing the technology and its basic concepts). An "umbrella 
specification" document groups them together making it a logical, 
usable and complete technology.

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager
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