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Process & Operational Guideline - Test materials home

From: Lynne Rosenthal <lynne.rosenthal@nist.gov>
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2002 14:04:21 -0500
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To: www-qa-wg@w3.org
The Framework: Process & Operational Guideline: Section Test 
materials home contains the following Guideline:
--GUIDELINE: Test Suites and tools should ultimately reside in W3C.

I disagree with this statement.  Since we do recognized that external (to 
W3C) organizations may be developing test suites and tools that the WG 
wishes to leverage - it is unreasonable to assume that these external 
organizations would give their products (to reside) to W3C.  By doing so, 
takes the websurfer off their site, which may be how the get revenue, 
recognition, impact, etc.   It is reasonable that the WG may wish to 
recognize these tests and link to them.  I also disagree with Reason #2, - 
although some test suites are developed by ad-hoc entities others are built 
and supported by 'real' organizations that won't go away.  And, although 
the people who built the tests may disappear (same as what happens in a W3C 
WG), the organizations will still exist (e.g. NIST, Open Group, ETSI)

I would rather capture the need for a WG to either have the test suite 
reside in W3C or work with the external organization to ensure that the 
test suite is available to everyone, maintained, etc.

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