Quality Assurance (QA) Framework Current Status

This page summarizes the relationships among specifications, whether they are finished standards or drafts. Below, each title links to the most recent version of a document.

Completed Work

W3C Recommendations have been reviewed by W3C Members, by software developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and are endorsed by the Director as Web Standards. Learn more about the W3C Recommendation Track.

Group Notes are not standards and do not have the same level of W3C endorsement.



QA Framework: Specification Guidelines

The goal of this document is to help W3C editors write better specifications, by making a specification easier to interpret without ambiguity and clearer as to what is required in order to conform. It focuses on how to define and specify conformance. It also addresses how a specification might allow variation among conforming implementations. The document presents guidelines or requirements, supplemented with good practices, examples and techniques.

Group Notes


A Method for Writing Testable Conformance Requirements


Test Metadata

The definition and provision of metadata has proved helpful in a variety of ways during the test development and test execution processes. This document defines a minimal set of metadata elements that can usefully be applied to tests that are intended for publication within a test suite.


The QA Handbook

The QA Handbook (QAH) is a non-normative handbook about the process and operational aspects of certain quality assurance practices of W3C's Working Groups, with particular focus on testability and test topics. It is intended for Working Group chairs and team contacts. It aims to help them to avoid known pitfalls and benefit from experiences gathered from the W3C Working Groups themselves. It provides techniques, tools, and templates that should facilitate and accelerate their work. This document is one of the QA Framework (QAF) family of documents of the Quality Assurance (QA) Activity. QAF includes the other in-progress specification, Specification Guidelines, Test Development FAQ, plus a handful of test- and other QA-related notes, advanced topics, and Wiki page collections.


Variability in Specifications

This document details and deepens some of the most important concepts related to conformance when designing a specification. It is a companion document of QA Specification Guidelines. It analyzes how design decisions of a specification's conformance model may affect its implementability and the interoperability of its implementations.

Obsolete Specifications

These specifications have either been superseded by others, or have been abandoned. They remain available for archival purposes, but are not intended to be used.



QA Framework: Test Guidelines

The principal goal of QA Framework: Test Guidelines is to help W3C Working Groups to develop more useful and usable test materials. The material is to be presented as a set of principles and good practices. This document is one in a family of QA Framework documents of the Quality Assurance (QA) Activity. The other existing or in-progress specifications are: The QA Handbook, and Specification Guidelines.


QA Framework: Operational Examples & Techniques

This document is part of the of the Quality Assurance (QA) Activity. It presents examples and describes the techniques of operational aspects of quality practices within the W3C's Working Groups. It complements QA Framework: Operational Guidelines, by specifying or illustrating how Working Groups might meet the operational and process-related checkpoints of that document.