[techs] test cases, test suites


The more we work on techniques, the more I think about test suites, test 
cases, examples, and user agent issues.  We spent quite a lot of time 
discussing user agent issues in today's techniques telecon.

In last week's techniques meeting we discussed the two types of examples 
that might be included in techniques.  One are instructional examples to 
teach someone about the technology the other are test cases.  Test cases 
may be used to see how a snippet of code works in a variety of browsers or 
used by evaluation and repair tools to test if the tool is correctly 
generating errors.

We discussed how this information would be represented in the schema.  I've 
been looking at other groups test suites and test cases.  A summary of W3C 
specifications (at last call or beyond) and their related conformance and 
test suite info is provided in the QA Matrix [1].

Also, we've thought about how to keep the techniques up to date, how to 
include user agent issues, etc.  We've talked about users submitting 
techniques, what about user's submitting test cases? The HTML 4 Test Suite 
documentation [2] clearly outlines how to write a test case for the test 
suite.   Gregory Rosmaita used to write helpful test cases to help ferret 
out issues he was running into on the Web.  Gathering test cases in a 
uniform way would be helpful (and thus gets back to the schema issue).

Today we talked about accesskey.  Unfortunately, the HTML 4 test suite 
doesn't have any test cases for accesskey, although the UAAG test suite [3] 
has quite a few.

The Web Ontology Language (OWL) Test Cases [4] almost look like a 
checklist...and could be another way to structure some of the test case 
information...although it's a bit hard to read.

Just some thoughts,

[1] http://www.w3.org/QA/TheMatrix
[2] http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Test/HTML401/current/htmltestdocumentation.html
[3] http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/TS/html401/
[4] http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/WD-owl-test-20030217/

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative

Received on Wednesday, 19 February 2003 12:51:19 UTC