This document describes the requirements for the scope, design, and features of the Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 framework. The Evaluation and Report Language is a set of specifications and technical notes describing a standardized format for expressing test results. The primary motivation for developing this framework is to facilitate the exchange of test results between Web accessibility evaluation tools in a vendor-neutral and platform-independent format. It will also provide reusable vocabularies for more generic applications, such as Web quality assurance and validation tools.
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The Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG) encourages feedback about this document, Requirements for the Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0, by Web developers and researchers who have interest in software-supported evaluation and validation of Web sites. In particular, the group is looking for feedback about the consistency, feasibility, and completeness of these requirements, together with how well they might support more generic applications such as Web quality assurance and validation tools.
The purpose of Requirements for EARL 1.0 is to focus and guide the development of EARL 1.0 to Recommendation status. The ERT WG was rechartered in 2008 to resume work on the EARL 1.0 Working Draft of 23 March 2007. While the ERT WG had previously made significant progress on the EARL 1.0 Working Draft, the group had never produced a requirements document. The ERT WG has developed Requirements for EARL 1.0 in order to ensure clarity and consensus on the goals for EARL 1.0 before its completion.
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This is a W3C First Public Working Draft of the Requirements for the Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0. This document will be published and maintained as a W3C Working Group Note after review and refinement. 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.
This document has been produced as part of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The ERT WG is part of the WAI Technical Activity. The goals of the ERT WG are discussed in the Working Group charter.
On ??? 2008, the ERT Working Group was chartered to continue the development of EARL 1.0. The following is a collection of requirements set forth by the Working Group. Each requirement is labeled with one of the following key words: