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Re: Mozilla Intranet focus and quality Assurance.

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2004 16:57:25 +0000 (UTC)
To: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Cc: www-archive@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0410021648570.21219@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Sat, 2 Oct 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
>> http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=4096B118.3050903%40meer.net
> Interesting, I'm slightly confused though about what::
> "if someone wants to step up, implement XForms well, and own the code, 
> Mozilla will take it as an extension"
> means in relation to patches?  Where does this ownership come from, and 
> exactly what is required?

"Ownership" in this context refers to continued involvement in maintaining 
the code and fixing bugs, if any. "An extension" in this context would be 
a Mozilla XPI, presumably with the blessing of mozilla.org so that users 
wishing this support could easily find and install it without it affecting 
normal users. IBM and Novell have announced work on such an extension for 
XForms support, for instance, and there is also an MNG extension available 
for adding MNG support.

For features such as those you proposed, a similar extension could be 
created which provided the features without bloating the primary codebase 
with redundant features. Users of the intranet sites you referred to which 
make use of these features could then install your XPI and use Mozilla on 
those sites, instead of requiring those sites to switch from the 
proprietary extensions they use now to the proprietary extensions 
supported by Mozilla already.

> > > How is Quality Assurance conducted within in Mozilla?
> > 
> > By anyone who files a bug.
> No, could you describe the process by which reported bugs are marked as 
> INVALID/WONTFIX etc. by the QA contact on the bugs, or where I could 
> find the description?

The QA Contact field is meaningless and is mostly just used as a 
convenient way of being cc'ed on bugs in a component.

> I understood that the group described by the web documents available 
> after making an HTTP GET on http://www.mozilla.org/quality/ to be 
> Mozilla QA.

That group has nothing to do with the QA Contact field in Bugzilla, and 
is, as I said, "anyone who files a bug" (and sticks around long enough to 
look at other bugs).

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