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Re: [SVGMobile12] Conformance criteria

From: Craig Northway <craign@cisra.canon.com.au>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 16:26:13 +0900
Message-ID: <42918595.50100@cisra.canon.com.au>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, www-svg@w3.org

Hi Ian,

Ian Hickson wrote:

>On Tue, 26 Apr 2005, Chris Lilley wrote:
>  
>
>>If these are not specified, the default values of 100% are used.
>>
>>or
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>>If these are not specified, the default values of 100% must be used.
>>    
>>
>
>The former is a statement of fact, the second is a conformance criteria. 
>Which should be used depends on whether that part of the spec is 
>attempting to describe behaviour (e.g. because it is a tutorial section) 
>or is attempting to state what user agents are supposed to do.
>
>Or to put it another way: The latter is something you have to test before 
>you exit CR, the former is meaningless unless you have some text elsewhere 
>that promotes it to spec status (but I did not see any such text when 
>perusing the new conformance section D.2).
>
>Which is all to say that actually you don't really have a choice, it has 
>to be the second of the above.
>
>In general I would recommend going through the SVG 1.2 spec with a fine 
>tooth comb making sure conformance criteria are actually conformance 
>criteria. At the moment, much of the spec is actually untestable due to 
>poor phraseology. For example, "A value of zero disables rendering of the 
>element" is not technically testable, as it is not strictly a conformance 
>criteria; at least not per section D.2 as I understand it.
>  
>
The working group have assigned actions for several people to review the 
entire specification to ensure that as you say, conformance criteria are 
actually conformance criteria.

Regards,
Craig
Received on Monday, 23 May 2005 07:26:51 GMT

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