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My Notes on Last Call Issues for SpecGL

From: David Marston/Cambridge/IBM <david_marston@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 09:40:15 -0500
To: www-qa@w3.org
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Commenting on a couple issues from the list at [1]:

LC-66 from Susan Lesch: Are "editions" and "versions" DoVs?
Already dealt with long ago....while these are Dimensions of Variability
(DoV) in the overall technology, the SpecGL are applied against only one
edition/version of the spec at a time. Anything that the spec says about
earlier versions is only testable against checkpoints if it appears as a
deprecation issue. N.B.: when we get to test materials, there *will* be
a role for multiple editions/versions. I am working on a catalog design
that allows one collections of test cases to be applied against several
editions of the spec, even accounting for errata.

LC-46 from Stephanie Troeth: 'I'm finding it difficult to follow which
terms are reserved for 'classes of products'. The word 'consumer' is
used to describe the classes of products, and itself is listed within
the classes of products. For example, I find the following sentence
semantically confusing: ..."For content-type specifications, there may
be one or more consumers that take the content and 'play' it in some
way." "Play" refers to a media player, or play refers to "process" ?'
Exactly the point: One language can be consumed and played in more than
one way. MathML is a great example. Proposed resolution: add the
clarifying/defining sentence: In this context, 'play' means to produce
output that is not a W3C-defined language, but could be designed for
direct human sensing (visual, audible, tactile) or could be intended
for machine processing in a non-Web process.
.................David Marston

[1] http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/lc-issues
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