"Month in QA" is a monthly summary of the main topics discussed on email@example.com, the public mailing-list of W3C QA Interest Group and firstname.lastname@example.org, the public mailing-list of W3C's QA Working Group.
The regular editor for "Month in QA" is Lynne Rosenthal, NIST, co-chair of the QA Interest Group.
Although these terms are widely used and understood, there were undefined until now. Extension is the ability to incorporate additional functionality beyond what is defined in the specification. A specification is extensible when it provides a mechanism to allow any party to create extensions. A lively email thread produced many examples of how W3C specifications address extensibility. For example, an extensibility mechanism can take different forms: conformance criteria/rules (XHTML), a framework (XHTML Modularization) or techniques (XSLT). The discussion outcome is summarized as well as captured in the new draft QA Specification Guidelines.
Draft versions of the QA Handbook (QAH) and Specification Guidelines (SpecGL) are available for review. Although these documents are incomplete and there is still lots to do, they do provide helpful information targeted at chairs, team, specification editors, and others. Let us know if you like what you see or have comments regarding the overall direction and content.
With our focus on the QAH and SpecGL, work on the Test Guidelines document will be continued informally through the Wiki. Please take a look and share your knowledge and experiences. Topics: Test Suite Architecture, Test Development Methodologies, Test Case Metadata, Test Materials Qualities, and Test Coverage Information.
All meeting minutes are available at: http://www.w3.org/QA/Agenda/