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Re: conformance vs. compliance

From: Mark Skall <mark.skall@nist.gov>
Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2002 13:26:36 -0400
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To: Alex Rousskov <rousskov@measurement-factory.com>, Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Cc: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>, <Art.Barstow@nokia.com>, <www-qa@w3.org>

>"That's the word we use."
>         That does not explain why others should us it.

In my opinion, it does.  We (QA) are setting guidelines for conformance, 
testing, etc.  There's no right or wrong answer wrt to terminology but 
"standardization" is essential.  We are setting the "standard" within 
W3C.  Someone has to pick a consistent term and we're the most logical 
group to do so.

Mark Skall
Chief, Software Diagnostics and Conformance Testing Division
Information Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
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Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8970

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