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Re: Test case metadata: Purpose and Description

From: Lynne Rosenthal <lynne.rosenthal@nist.gov>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 19:54:43 -0400
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To: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>, Patrick.Curran@Sun.COM, www-qa-wg@w3.org

My recollection was -
Purpose - short 1 liner
Description - longer, included more info and could include some rationale, 
some environmental stuff, etc.  I think David described some of these.


At 04:03 PM 8/31/2005 -0600, Lofton Henderson wrote:

>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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