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Re: Definition for Specification Category in SpecGL

From: <david_marston@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2003 15:22:08 -0400
To: www-qa@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFDA775F3C.8961BD36-ON85256D11.00694824@lotus.com>

Lynne Rosenthal proposed this definition:
>Specification category: the generic name for the type of specification
>and the technology it describes.

I would modify it to allow for specs like XForms that address more
than one category. The above definition is rather generic, but it's hard
to be concrete about the category for abstract models, which includes
such specs as InfoSet and XQuery Data Model.

(Part of) the rationale for this term is that spec editors and
reviewers should think about characteristics that are common to all
technologies in a category. For example, all specs that present an XML
vocabulary need a namespace URI for that vocabulary, and typically
suggest a favored namespace prefix also. All specs that present an API
follow certain norms for API description, and so on.
.................David Marston
Received on Wednesday, 23 April 2003 15:22:48 GMT

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