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This document describes the requirements for the scope, design, and features of the Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0. The Evaluation and Report Language is a vocabulary, the terms of which are defined across a set of specifications and technical notes and that is used to describe test results. The primary motivation for developing this vocabulary 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 terms for more generic applications, such as Web quality assurance and validation tools.
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This 26 May 2009 Working Draft of the Requirements for Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 is an update of the previous Working Draft of Requirements for Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 11 July 2005 and it incorporates all comments received since the previous Working Draft. Keep in mind that this updated document now specifies a vocabulary that is defined across a suite of specifications and technical notes (rather than only the Evaluation and Report Language 1.0 Schema) produced and maintained by the Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG). (See the EARL 1.0 [Guide]document for a list of the specifications and technical notes that comprise EARL 1.0 and how these documents are related to one another.
Feedback from Web developers and researchers who have interest in software-supported evaluation and validation of Web sites is encouraged. In particular, the Working 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.
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.
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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 January 1, 2005 and again on ??? 2008, the ERT WG 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:
Note: These key words, as used in this requirements document, should not be confused with the key words defined by [RFC 2119].