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Re: Glossary

From: Mark Skall <mark.skall@nist.gov>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 09:08:34 -0400
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To: Sandra Martinez <sandra.martinez@nist.gov>, Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Cc: Alex Rousskov <rousskov@measurement-factory.com>, Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>, www-qa@w3.org

To clarify, anything that checks for conformance to a standard, whether 
it's syntactic or semantic checking, is a test suite, in my opinion.  The 
key is that it must check against requirements in the standard.


At 07:29 AM 5/31/02 -0400, Sandra Martinez wrote:

>The HTML validator by it self, in our definition, will not be considered a 
>test suite  but a validation tool that could be used as part of the test 
>procedures to check conformance to the standard (validation) , in that way 
>it will be considered encompassing in the test suite definition. This is 
>my understanding.
>  At 04:33 PM 5/30/2002 -0600, Lofton Henderson wrote:
>>At 01:37 PM 5/30/02 -0600, Alex Rousskov wrote:
>>>On Thu, 30 May 2002, Karl Dubost wrote:
>>> > At 22:20 -0400 2002-05-23, Mark Skall wrote:
>>> >
>>> > >I'm not sure where the "validation" definition came from. Tying
>>> > >validation to a document is way too restrictive.   The definition we
>>> > >usually use is "the process necessary to perform conformance testing
>>> > >in accordance with a prescribed procedure and an official test
>>> > >suite."
>>> >
>>> > In a case of the HTML validator you don't have a Test Suite.
>>>"HTML validator" is, essentially, a "Test Suite", isn't it? I know
>>>that the current definition does not imply that but it should be
>>>possible to have a single term that describes all validators,
>>>including test suites. "Validator"? It should not matter, for the
>>>purpose of the glossary, whether we are validating compliance with a
>>>protocol, a markup language, or whatever...
>>I thought -- correct me if this is wrong, Mark or Sandra -- that NIST 
>>used "test suite" in an encompassing way, that would include an HTML 
>>validator.  However the Glossary definition of "test suite" doesn't seem 
>>to imply that.
>Sandra I. Martinez
>National Institute of Standards and Technology
>100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8970,
>Gaithersburg, Md. 20899
>(301) 975-3579

Mark Skall
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Information Technology Laboratory
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