QA Framework: Operational Guidelines

W3C Candidate Recommendation 12 September 2003

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Lofton Henderson (lofton@rockynet.com)
Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux (dom@w3.org)
Lynne Rosenthal (lsr@nist.gov)
Kirill Gavrylyuk (kirillg@microsoft.com)
See Acknowledgments.

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A common operational framework for building conformance test materials for W3C specifications is defined. It presents operational and procedural guidelines for groups undertaking conformance materials development. This document is one of the QA Framework family of documents of the Quality Assurance (QA) Activity, which includes the other existing or in-progress specifications: Introduction; Specification Guidelines; and, Test Guidelines.

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 http://www.w3.org/TR/.

This document is a W3C Candidate Recommendation ( CR), made available by 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.

The QA Working Group has made changes and improvements in response to Last Call comments, as documented in Change History. At a high level, the normative requirements of the guidelines and checkpoints are substantially the same. However, much of the text has been edited for clarity and simplicity. New structuring and CSS styling have been applied to all of the guidelines and checkpoints.

The QA Working Group resolved to seek transition of Operational Guidelines to Candidate Recommendation (CR) in order to gather trial application experience from the W3C Working Groups. The CR period will end on 27 February 2004 (just before W3C's 2004 Technical Plenary). Feedback from the Working Groups will be incorporated, used to update the preliminary implementation report, and the further processing of Operational Guidelines will be decided.

QAWG has agreed that the implementation criteria to advance beyond CR should be: for each Priority 1 and each Priority 2 checkpoint, two example implementations that successfully fulfill the checkpoint.

Publication as a Candidate Recommendation 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.

The QA Working Group Patent Disclosure page contains details on known patents related to this specification, in conformance with W3C policy requirements.

You may email comments on this document to www-qa@w3.org, the publicly archived list of the QA Interest Group [QAIG]. Please note that comments that you make will be publicly archived and available, do not send information you would not want to see distributed, such as private data.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Guidelines
  3. WG relationship to QA Activity
  4. Conformance
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. References
  7. Change history

Two separate appendices to this document [OPS-CHECKLIST] and [OPS-ICS] present all checkpoints in a tabular form sorted in their original order and sorted by their priorities, for convenient reference. The latter is an Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) pro forma for this specification.