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RE: [www-qa] Re: Conformance and Implementations

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 11:17:35 +0200
Message-Id: <p05101004b7fae425436c@[]>
To: "Lofton Henderson" <lofton@rockynet.com>, David_Marston@lotus.com
Cc: www-qa@w3.org
At 13:15 -0600 2001-10-20, Lofton Henderson wrote:
>Until the spec is corrected with an erratum, the test suite should 
>not attempt to impose an interpretation.  Nothing short of a 
>consensus erratum process addresses this problem definitively.

It's why the test cases should be built by the WG or by an external 
resource WITH the WG at the earliest stage of a REC (I mean WD). Test 
cases are useful tools for developpers, but there are also an easier 
way to write a clear and unambiguous recommendation.

At the QA Workshop, I remember Thierry Kormann, a developper of ILOG 
involved in the Batik Project (SVG Browser), that we should not have 
words like "free to implementation" for a feature or the value of an 
attribute. Test cases could help to fix that type of mistakes, or 
wording in specifications. It will help also to create good test 

Test suite for developpers, but also for the WG. Earlier test cases 
will be built by the WG, less difficulties and ambiguities will have 
to be fixed in the future.

Karl Dubost / W3C - Conformance Manager

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