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levels/options considered harmful

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 16 May 2002 21:17:59 -0500
To: www-qa@w3.org
Cc: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Message-Id: <1021601879.2292.105.camel@dirk>
regarding:

"Guideline 3. Specify flavors of conformance.  "
	-- http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-qaframe-spec-20020515/

That guideline is presented as if different
flavors of conformance have no downside whatsoever.

I don't think that's the case.

"flavors of conformance" are evil. They're
the antithesis of interoperability.

Note design goal 5 of XML:

"The number of optional features in XML is to be kept to the absolute
minimum, ideally zero."

 -- http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml#sec-origin-goals

I suggest that should be a design goal of
all W3C specs. Please update qaframe accordingly.

-- 
Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Thursday, 16 May 2002 22:18:01 GMT

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