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Re: Umbrella Specifications Discussion

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 10:44:29 -0400
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Cc: "'www-qa-wg@w3.org'" <www-qa-wg@w3.org>
To: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>

Le 05-06-15 ŗ 09:34, Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux a ťcrit :
>> To clarify my ideas about it, I would maybe define an umbrella
>> specification as a document which covers a complete Web technology:
>>      - by introducing the technology (Primer)
>>      - by enumerating the sibling documents and their interactions
>>      - by defining the different kind of conformance requirements
>> It's the entrance gate to a technology.  (personal opinion on it).
> I guess the question remains to me "what is it that we want to say  
> about
> this concept that deserves a name and a definition?". In other  
> words, I
> have no problem calling what you describe above an umbrella
> specification, but what do you think are special about these? What is
> going to be the core of the discussion about it?

A profile is not, for example, a Primer, so is disqualified in my  
model ;)
I have trouble with the question you are asking.  "special", what do  
you mean?

In fact it's maybe the term which is almost not very well chosen:  
Umbrella Specification. When I start discovering a technology by  
looking at a document which defines it, there will be more than one  

* The Web technology is entirely defined, explained, presented in  
only one document.
* The Web technology is defined in multiples documents that can be  
parts of the technology, modules, profiles, etc.

In this second case, as an implementer/user, I want to be able to  
know what is it about and how everything is tied together.

     Umbrella Specification -> Modules
     (Extended Primer)         Profiles

Is it clearer?

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