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The dubious XML schema test collection

From: Kasimier Buchcik <kbuchcik@4commerce.de>
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 13:01:39 +0200
To: <xmlschema-dev@w3.org>
Message-ID: <4136FD93.9090002@4commerce.de>


The dubious XML schema test collection: does it more harm than good?

After examining and using The XML schema test collection to be 
downloaded from [1], some question arose to me:

1. There is only a super tiny subpart of the MS tests defined in the
   test definition file "testsMS_LTGfmt.xml" - this file is about 33 KB.
   A test definition file generated form the online HTML pages (e.g. [2])
   has has a size of about 1.8 MB and contains 4689 test definitions; so
   quite a difference.
   Does this mean that the 33 KB subset is the reliable part of it?
   ;-) I hope not.

2. Some of the MS tests are obviously not correct; will the incorrect
    tests be erased, repaired, or at least marked as invalid soon?
    What about NIST and SUN, are those suites correct? Does a summary
    about incorrect tests exist?

3. Questions sent to this list, about the state of the test-collection
    and its incorrect tests have not been answered in the past
    (e.g. [3 + 4]).

4. A test definition file for the SUN tests is missing.

As I think that there is enough confusion about the XML Schema spec 
itself out there, so it would be nice if at least there was a reliable 
and complete test collection.

[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/05/xmlschema-test-collection.html


[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xmlschema-dev/2003Nov/0091.html
[4] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xmlschema-dev/2002Nov/0098.html


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