Re: Are self-describing reftests required?

On Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:10:57 +0200, L. David Baron <>  

> I think requiring that reftests be self-describing would be a huge
> mistake; in many cases it significantly incresaes (i.e., multiplies
> by a small integer) the amount of work that the test author has to
> do.

On the other hand, having just a cryptic rendering increases the amount of  
work any future user has to do when personally inspecting individual  
tests, analyzing failures etc. It's a tradeoff (kind of like spending  
effort commenting code,really). As someone who spends a significant amount  
of time both authoring and examining testcases, I certainly prefer  
striving to make them succinct and neat with regards to both code and  
visual appearance.

I don't think a hard requirement is appropriate, whether it regards pass  
conditions or the reftest format, but (strongly) preferring when possible  
seems good.

Øyvind Stenhaug
Core Norway, Opera Software ASA

Received on Thursday, 25 August 2011 16:24:55 UTC