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Re: Question on Developing Test Assertions

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 16:07:59 -0500
Message-Id: <6055FF4F-581F-11D8-A8E7-000A95718F82@w3.org>
To: www-qa-wg@w3.org

Le 04 févr. 2004, à 15:04, Patrick Curran a écrit :
> The masses don't read specs. They are read be implementors of the 
> technology and by people developing tests of those implementations.

Unfortunately it's not exactly true depending on the technology. The 
masses do read the specifications for many reasons:

	- history: Web technologies has developped at the begining because 
common people were looking at the technology to be able to do something 
with it.
	- lack of tutorial: Many of the W3C specs lack of tutorials, practical 
guides, etc and/or the books available in the bookshops may have... 
(hmm hmm) certains deficiencies.
	- Access: W3C Specs are freely accessible, people are curious, they 
want to read it.

PS: Another point, we didn't approach, but I put it as a small note. 
People like to read in their own language, so specs written in English 
for a none English native developer are very hard to read.
AND spec are very hard to translate because of given examples which are 
tied to a culture, because of concepts which translate not very well in 
another language and worse, sometimes the technology is culturally 
oriented like RDF (use of english (western) grammar for the technology 
[predicat, subject, object]) but we have to live with that ;)

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager
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