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Re: XML 1.0 Conformance Test Results

From: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 08:39:44 -0700
To: Rob Lugt <roblugt@elcel.com>, xml-editor@w3.org
Cc: mary.brady@nist.gov, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Message-id: <0c9201c0f28c$be1d2c20$cc07aace@brownell.org>
> We downloaded the second edition of the OASIS/NIST Conformance Test Suite
> [1].  As has been reported before, several files were missing from the
> archive so we applied the patch [2] form the XML Testing Subproject [3] on
> sourceforge.net.  This appears to fix the missing file problems, all the
> other failures seem (to us) to be errors in the individual tests.

I'd be interested in seeing at least a second patch (apply after the first),
perhaps addressing the issues raised in Rob's note if not the larger set
which Richard noted.  It's dangerous to have the conformance test suite
have conformance bugs; it encourages proliferation of nonconformant
XML-based applications, which are hard to un-deploy.

Getting agreement on bugs in the tests is important.  I think it's clear
that there are some UTF-8 issues in IBM's contribution, some of the
canonical output cases, and (reported against 1st draft of tests) some
content models that should be moved to the "you don't really need to
report this error" category.  A patch addressing those cases ought
to be non-controversial.  Likewise with many of the other issues that
Richard reportad, though I've not had time to look at all of them.

- Dave
Received on Monday, 11 June 2001 11:40:59 GMT

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