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Usage of the word "specification" in the spec GL

From: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: 09 Aug 2002 18:21:48 +0200
To: www-qa@w3.org
Message-Id: <1028910109.16657.274.camel@stratustier>

As of the current editor version of the spec GL [1], the word
"specification" seems to be used inconsistently. Sometimes it seems to
refer to a technical report unit (namely, an entry in the TR page [2]),
sometimes a technology unit. Especially, all the GL "Address the use of
[] to divide the specification" seems to use the word specification as
meaning technology (or assumes a pre-existing specification that would
then be divided which is often wrong for the said divisions).

This is especially true for profiles and levels which are usually
defined in separate documents.

Anyway, I think we need:
- to clarify the meaning of the word specification in the introduction
- adjust the GL accordingly.

In the end, it might even help clarifying the complex relationships
between the various dimensions of variability.

[side note: is the usage of profile in "An XHTML + MathML + SVG Profile"
[3] the same as the one we define?]

Dom

1. http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/2002/08/qaframe-spec-0804.html
2. http://www.w3.org/TR/
3. http://www.w3.org/TR/XHTMLplusMathMLplusSVG/
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