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Re: ISSUE-319 (HRM should be a processor compliance test): HRM should be a processor compliance test and allow different levels of complexity for different use cases [TTML IMSC 1.0]

From: Pierre-Anthony Lemieux <pal@sandflow.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 08:22:10 -0700
Message-ID: <CAF_7JxBBdO3rEPG7tgP99-Z=eCqzQ=R0P_7=XqMNjax3aiNcDQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Nigel Megitt <nigel.megitt@bbc.co.uk>
Cc: Timed Text Working Group <public-tt@w3.org>
Hi Nigel,

> If we do, let's make them as useful as we can,
> by allowing for reasonable variations.

I like the idea of reducing friction to adoption.

As currently drafted, IMSC allows anyone to unambiguously define and
document new values for the HRM parameters. Please elaborate on the
obstacles one would face if one were to do so. Do you foresee
implementation and/or specification issues?

Thanks,

-- Pierre

On Tue, May 27, 2014 at 3:50 AM, Nigel Megitt <nigel.megitt@bbc.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi Pierre,
>
>>As it stands, anyone in the world can unilaterally create a
>>specification defining new values. How can it be "more open" than
>>that?
>
> If we don't need standards why bother with a standards body like W3C? If
> we do, let's make them as useful as we can, by allowing for reasonable
> variations.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Nigel
>
>
>
>
> On 23/05/2014 17:50, "Pierre-Anthony Lemieux" <pal@sandflow.com> wrote:
>
>>Hi Nigel,
>>
>>>  I see what you mean that you could create a new 'super-profile' that
>>>has
>>> higher value complexity parameters, and existing IMSC documents would
>>>conform to it.
>>
>>Exactly!
>>
>>> It just seems a lot of effort to go to just to be able to draw glyphs
>>>on the screen more
>>> quickly, when the rest of the document structure is identical.
>>
>>Where is the effort? The specification could be a single page defining
>>new values for these parameters.
>>
>>> Yes it would - actually I'd like a more open mechanism
>>> to specify alternate sets of values
>>
>>As it stands, anyone in the world can unilaterally create a
>>specification defining new values. How can it be "more open" than
>>that?
>>
>>Thanks,
>>
>>-- Pierre
>>
>>On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM, Nigel Megitt <nigel.megitt@bbc.co.uk>
>>wrote:
>>> Hi Pierre,
>>>
>>> On 23/05/2014 16:56, "Pierre-Anthony Lemieux" <pal@sandflow.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>>Hi Nigel,
>>>>
>>>>> so that it can be used to construct maximally complex test documents
>>>>>that compliant
>>>>> processors must be able to process successfully, while permitting
>>>>>processors
>>>>> to process even more complex documents.
>>>>
>>>>I am not aware of provisions in the specification that prevent
>>>>processors from implementing capabilities beyond that required to
>>>>process documents that conform to (proposed) IMSC 1.0.
>>>
>>> Agreed.
>>>
>>>>
>>>>> > This would open up the possibility for future increases in
>>>>>complexity
>>>>> by allowing the threshold values for sub-profiles of IMSC to be
>>>>>changed
>>>>> to 'greater complexity', in the knowledge that pre-existing IMSC
>>>>>compliant
>>>>> documents will be continue to be processable.
>>>>
>>>>Yes. That option exists in my mind.
>>>
>>> I suppose this is a matter of perspective - I see what you mean that you
>>> could create a new 'super-profile' that has higher value complexity
>>> parameters, and existing IMSC documents would conform to it. It just
>>>seems
>>> a lot of effort to go to just to be able to draw glyphs on the screen
>>>more
>>> quickly, when the rest of the document structure is identical.
>>>
>>>>>Very closely related to this, the HRM (§7) [1] in various places sets
>>>>>threshold
>>>>> parameter values using the wording "Unless specified otherwise, the
>>>>>following table
>>>>> shall specify..." but there is no mechanism for specifying otherwise
>>>>
>>>>As it stands, the mechanism to specify otherwise would be in a
>>>>different specification. In other words, anyone in the world could
>>>>write a specification referencing IMSC 1.0 and including a provision
>>>>such as "the Normalized image copy performance factor (ICpy) shall be
>>>>12".
>>>>
>>>>Would clarifying this in the specification make sense?
>>>
>>> Yes it would - actually I'd like a more open mechanism to specify
>>> alternate sets of values but this would help too.
>>>
>>>>
>>>>> It should be permitted for processors not to be subject to the HRM
>>>>>values at all,
>>>>
>>>>Processors are not subject to HRM constraints, IMSC 1.0 documents are.
>>>>As suggested above, processors can choose to implement abilities that
>>>>go beyond that required to process IMSC 1.0 documents, e.g. to process
>>>>other profiles, including profiles that extend IMSC 1.0.
>>>
>>> Understood - I meant this in the context of a minimal processor profile
>>> not as written in the current working draft.
>>>
>>> Kind regards,
>>>
>>> Nigel
>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 5:54 AM, Timed Text Working Group Issue
>>>>Tracker <sysbot+tracker@w3.org> wrote:
>>>>> ISSUE-319 (HRM should be a processor compliance test): HRM should be a
>>>>>processor compliance test and allow different levels of complexity for
>>>>>different use cases [TTML IMSC 1.0]
>>>>>
>>>>> http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo/TT/tracker/issues/319
>>>>>
>>>>> Raised by: Nigel Megitt
>>>>> On product: TTML IMSC 1.0
>>>>>
>>>>> The Hypothetical Render Model is defined as a content profile
>>>>>constraint, which appears to set a maximum complexity on all documents.
>>>>>It would be better to make it a minimal processor profile constraint,
>>>>>i.e. so that it can be used to construct maximally complex test
>>>>>documents that compliant processors must be able to process
>>>>>successfully, while permitting processors to process even more complex
>>>>>documents.
>>>>>
>>>>> This would open up the possibility for future increases in complexity
>>>>>by allowing the threshold values for sub-profiles of IMSC to be changed
>>>>>to 'greater complexity', in the knowledge that pre-existing IMSC
>>>>>compliant documents will be continue to be processable.
>>>>>
>>>>> Very closely related to this, the HRM (§7) [1] in various places sets
>>>>>threshold parameter values using the wording "Unless specified
>>>>>otherwise, the following table shall specify..." but there is no
>>>>>mechanism for specifying otherwise; §4.7 simply states that all
>>>>>sequences "of intermediate synchronic documents SHALL be
>>>>>reproducible..." without providing any reference to an external
>>>>>location
>>>>>where the parameters in the HRM can be set to other values.
>>>>>
>>>>> One possible solution to this is to introduce a 'complexity level'
>>>>>table and list the current parameter values as, for example 'complexity
>>>>>level 1' and change the wording in §4.7 to state that for use cases
>>>>>that
>>>>>need to specify complexity they must either specify an equivalent table
>>>>>with alternative parameter values or use the default 'level 1' values.
>>>>>It should be permitted for processors not to be subject to the HRM
>>>>>values at all, and there should be scope in future versions of IMSC to
>>>>>add more levels, if there is a strong argument for doing so.
>>>>>
>>>>> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/ttml-imsc1/#hypothetical-render-model
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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