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QA WG annouces Last Call of Specification Guidelines

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 22:25:27 -0500
Message-Id: <51E9683A-3CFF-11D9-9DFD-0003934BEBF0@w3.org>
To: www-qa@w3.org

On behalf of the QA Working Group [1], I am pleased to announce the
publication of the 22 November 2004 "QA Framework: Specification 
Last Call Working Draft. The document is available at:


Review start date : 22 November 2004
Review end date   :  28 January 2005, at 23:59 EDT
Mailing list      : www-qa@w3.org (public archive [2])

For more information on the purpose of a Last Call review, please
consult section 7.4.2 of the W3C Process Document [3].

The QA WG looks forward to your review comments,

Karl Dubost                   Chair, QA WG

[1] http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa/
[3] http://www.w3.org/2004/02/Process-20040205/tr.html#last-call

Decision to advance to Last Call

The QA WG decided to advance to Last Call, with no objections,
at their Wednesday 17 November 2004 telcon. [3]

Resolution: Publish Last Call.

[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa-wg/2004Nov/0084

Patent disclosures

Per the W3C Patent Policy, Working Group participants have 60 days from 
the publication of the Last Call Working Draft to exclude any essential 
claims. The deadline for such exclusions is  21 January 2005.

[8] http://www.w3.org/2004/01/pp-impl/34282/status

Abstract of QA Framework: Specification Guidelines

A lot of effort goes into writing a good specification. It takes more 
than knowledge of the technology to make a specification precise, 
implementable and testable. It takes planning, organization, and 
foresight about the technology and how it will be implemented and used. 
The goal of this document is to help W3C editors write better 
specifications, by making a specification easier to interpret without 
ambiguity and clearer as to what is required in order to conform. It 
focuses on how to define and specify conformance for a specification. 
Additionally, it addresses how a specification might allow variation 
among conforming implementations. The document is presented as a set of 
guidelines or principles, supplemented with good practices, examples, 
and techniques.

Status of This Document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its 
publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of 
current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical 
report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at 

This document is the 22 November 2004 Last Call Working Draft (WD) of 
“QA Framework: Specification Guidelines”, made available by the the QA 
Working Group of the W3C Quality Assurance (QA) Activity for discussion 
by W3C members and other interested parties. For more information about 
the QA Activity, please see the QA Activity statement.

This is the Last Call, third published version of this document after 
the decision to completely redesign the QA Framework, resolved by the 
QA Working Group at its 2004 Technical Plenary face-to-face. It is a 
lighter-weight, less authoritarian, more user-friendly and useful 
version of the previously published Candidate Recommendation version of 
the QA Specification Guidelines.The changes since the previous version 
are documented in the changelog and highlighted in a separate document.

Publication as a Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the W3C 
Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or 
obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite 
this document as other than work in progress.

Patent disclosures relevant to this specification may be found on the 
Working Group's Patent disclosure page in conformance with the W3C 
Patent Policy of 5 February 2004. An individual who has actual 
knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential 
Claim(s) with respect to this specification should disclose the 
information in accordance with section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.

The Working Group expects this specification to become a 
Recommendation. The Last Call review period ends 28 January 2005, at 
23:59 EDT. Please send Last Call review comments on this document 
before that date to www-qa@w3.org, the publicly archived list of the QA 
Interest Group. Reviewers please note that your comments will be 
publicly archived and available; do not send information that should 
not be distributed, such as private data. Last Call Working Draft 
status is described in section 7.4.2 of the W3C Process Document. To 
the extent possible, please provide a separate email message for each 
distinct comment.

Karl Dubost
QA WG Chair, W3C Conformance Manager
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