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Re: Usage of the word "specification" in the spec GL

From: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: 12 Aug 2002 17:00:27 +0200
To: David Marston/Cambridge/IBM <david_marston@us.ibm.com>
Cc: www-qa@w3.org
Message-Id: <1029164428.16595.659.camel@stratustier>

Le lun 12/08/2002 ŗ 16:40, David Marston/Cambridge/IBM a ťcrit :
> Dominique writes:
> >- I wonder if the GL about levels brings anything useful, since levels
> >don't really exert any influence on conformance or implementation.
> It was a surprise to read that! I think the influence of levels is
> clear when you consider the verbiage constraints in Checkpoint 11.2,
> at least after the word "levels" in GL 11 is replaced. 11.2 would,
> in my interpretation, require that a spec that uses levels (in the GL
> 7 sense), to prescribe level-aware verbiage for conformance claims.
> Example: All claims of conformance to this spec should state the level
> of implementation, [levels enumerated here], which is claimed.
> Thus, one implementation could claim to fully implement the Xblah spec
> at Level 2, while another implementation claims conformance to Xblah
> Level 3.

Well, that's one more time the issue of separating the concepts of
specification and technologies: you don't conform to the DOM (the
generic technology Document Object Model), but you conform to the
specification "DOM Level 1" or the specification "DOM Level 2". 
The hierarchical relation betweens two levels - e.g. the fact that DOM
Level 1 has all its features included in DOM Level 2 - doesn't imply
anything obvious on the conformance claim, or does it? Since the GL 11.2
[1] already implies that you must specify the "specification name" which
includes the Level (any counter-example), I'm not sure we need to give
further details on this.

I may miss something obvious, of course.


Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux - http://www.w3.org/People/Dom/
Received on Monday, 12 August 2002 11:00:29 UTC

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