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Issue tracking problem

From: John Boyer <boyerj@ca.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2007 15:52:06 -0700
To: public-forms@w3.org
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I have done a complete pass through the issue tracker for XForms 1.1 
issues in order to increase our efficiency at addressing issues.

The possible states of an issue don't all make sense.  Here is the set of 
states we seem to need:

Open - The problem has been created in the DB and awaits working group 

Approved - The working group has considered the problem, resolved to 
"Accept" or "Modify and Accept" the proposed solution in the LC comment, 
and an action item has been assigned

Needs Review - A working group member has done the assigned action item by 
preparing spec ready text and now wants the working group to review the 

Implemented - The spec ready text is available in the editor's draft or a 
public update to the spec, and the reply has been delivered to the last 
call commenter

There are two issues:

1) We do seem to have a state called "Needs Approval" that appears between 
Open and Approved, but this state does not seem to map to anything 
meaningful.  This is a problem because we currently have four issues  that 
were classified in this way, and I would like to know why.  If you look at 
the four cases, you will see that the working group has not made a 
resolution regarding these four (id=67,68,70,71), so in what sense are 
they anything but simply "Open"?

2) We do not seem to have the "Needs Review" state.  Note that it seems 
like the "Needs Approval" state was mistaken for this state in six cases. 
I have moved those cases to "Approved" because the above interpretation of 
Approved does more accurately reflect their current state and because 
those six issues were being confused with the other four mentioned above. 

Perhaps we could discuss this interpretation to make sure everyone who 
uses the database makes the right settings as more of the LC issues get 
resolved-- unless or until another scheme is defined.

John M. Boyer, Ph.D.
STSM: Lotus Forms Architect and Researcher
Chair, W3C Forms Working Group
Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
IBM Victoria Software Lab
E-Mail: boyerj@ca.ibm.com 

Blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/JohnBoyer
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