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Re: Test case metadata: Purpose and Description

From: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 16:03:45 -0600
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To: Patrick.Curran@Sun.COM,www-qa-wg@w3.org

At 02:36 PM 8/31/2005 -0700, Patrick Curran wrote:

>While finishing up the test case metadata document I find that I'm still 
>confused between Description and Purpose. I think we agreed that one would 
>be a "one liner" (suitable for inclusion in a table) while the other would 
>be longer.
>Lofton and I have different recollections of which was which. I propose 
>that Description be short and Purpose longer, but I'm open to other points 
>of view.
>Do people care? Would anyone like to make an argument for one rather than 
>the other approach?

Mild preference, I like...

Purpose:  1-liner, encapsulates what the test is basically about.
Description:  more detailed, possibly as much as several sentences or even 


1.) to me, Description implies longer (arbitrarily long) treatment of 
details, and Purpose (...etc...) -- i.e., the meanings of the words seem to 
more naturally correspond with this view (but maybe that's just my bias).

2.) it's (approximately) how I wrote the WebCGM TS   :)

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