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discussion questions re: "identification" metadata

From: Tim Boland <frederick.boland@nist.gov>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 12:28:04 -0400
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To: www-qa-wg@w3.org

To start with a discussion on "identification" [1] (re: test case 
description item),
for a "syntax requirement", the CSS2.1 Test Case Authoring Guidelines [2] 
describes
  a proposed format (for filenames) that I think would identify a test case 
for a
particular computer program (and be parseable by such a program).   Is 
there sufficient
information contained in this format to "uniquely" identify a test case, 
among all
possible test cases for all technologies?    What is the "scope" of 
identification for
our purposes?

"Description" is also listed as metadata in [1], but for "purpose" for our 
use of
"description"  do we mean test case management,
or some other "purpose" in addition?   What will the uses be for our test 
case description?
What sort of "queries" will be performed against such a Test Case 
Description Schema?

I think that "identification" metadata should certainly be REQUIRED? and 
there may be possible
"dependencies" (although I'm not completely sure how we mean the term in this
context) with (at least) "name", "purpose", "versioning"and "link to 
spec(s)" metadata.
NOTE: "dependencies" is also listed as metadata in [1], but in a different 
context?

"Examples" of the previously-mentioned format are listed in the CSS2.1 Test 
Case directory [3].

[1]: http://esw.w3.org/topic/TestCaseMetadata
[2]: http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/Test/guidelines.html#filenames
[3]: http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/Test/CSS2.1/current/
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