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From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:13:47 +0100
Message-ID: <4F4EA31B.4040704@w3.org>
To: catherine <ecrire@catherine-roy.net>
CC: WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Catherine,

Interesting use case. Indeed, EARL is designed to express any kind of 
test results but I must admit that we have not been looking at that 
particular use case. I'm not sure why it should not work though.

EARL was published as a Last Call Working Draft and seems to be fairly 
stable. The responsible working group, ERT WG, is currently gathering 
test suites to be able to enter Candidate Recommendation stage. Please 
find an overview of these W3C document development stages:
  - <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/w3c-process>

As to your question, the Test Result class in EARL has ordinal values 
passed, failed, can't tell, not applicable, and not tested, as well as 
literal (text) description of the error, additional information, and the 
date of when the test was carried out:
  - <http://www.w3.org/TR/EARL10/#TestResult>

Hope this helps!


On 29.2.2012 22:11, catherine wrote:
> Hi,
> A question about EARL.
> I am working on a project where accessibility audits (through
> crowdsourcing and through other more formal évaluations and validations)
> will be done for buildings (commerces, public spaces, etc.) and than
> added to a web site where people can interrogate the database for
> accessible venues according to various criteria. There will be a sexy
> map and also other ways of visualising the data through more accessible
> means. We are in the initial phases where we have built a data model in
> xml format and are exploring whether to use OSM (though even if we do
> not use OSM, will probably share the data) or some other platform and
> looking for something accessible has not been easy but that is another
> discussion. Anyway, I was thinking of EARL for the audit results since,
> in theory, EARL can be used for any kind of tests, not just Web audits.
> I have not looked at EARL in a while and wonder where things are. Also,
> can not remember if the format is a simple pass/fail expression or if
> you can also add info about the results of the test.
> Any info or other useful suggestions would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Catherine

Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/
Activity Lead, W3C/WAI International Program Office
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)
Received on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:14:17 UTC

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