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RE: Testable assertion tagging for W3C specifications

From: <scott_boag@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 11:13:39 -0400
To: Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@datadirect-technologies.com>
Cc: spec-prod@w3.org, w3c-query-editors@w3.org, www-qa@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF2B1D7C61.25B0227B-ON85256BB2.0053305A@lotus.com>

The problem with
http://www.w3.org/2000/xp/Group/2/03/11/soap-1.2-conformance.html is that
it copies the text from the specification.  And possibly rather
arbitrarily.  What I was looking from was markup in the original document
where a document like this could point to, rather than copy the text
directly.  And also provide a link back into the original text (which often
must be read in context).

So I think having a separate test/conformance document is a good (very
good), but somewhat orthogonal, thought.


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At 10:37 PM 5/6/2002 -0400, Paul Cotton wrote:
>Another technique is to have a separate test/conformance document that
>points directly into a technical specification or quotes test from the
>normative document.  For example, see the SOAP 1.2 test/conformance
>document [1].
>[1] http://www.w3.org/2000/xp/Group/2/03/11/soap-1.2-conformance.html

I like this. This allows someone else to work on the assertions without
having to share the source of the document.

Also, I think the assertions in this document helped me understand what you

are trying to accomplish. I think this is a good thing to do - particularly

if it leads to the development of a test suite.

My instinct is to use a separate document, not to embed markup in the
source document, to allow work to be shared more equitably. Currently, only

Don and I really edit the source fo the XQuery language document.

Received on Tuesday, 7 May 2002 11:22:07 UTC

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