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Web Testing Activity Statement

The role of the Web Testing activity is to develop the testing mechanisms, outreach activities, and collateral materials for testing Web technologies.

For the past 10 years, W3C has been developing test suites for the purpose of demonstrating interoperable implementations of each specification when requesting the Director to approve a Proposed Recommendation transition. For example, one of the most recent specifications, CSS 2.1, has a test suite of around 9000 tests. Each Working Group has been developing test suites and generating test results in their own ways. Using ad-hoc processes and testing methods, most of them did not attempt to reuse existing methods or approaches. In the past, the Mobile Web Initiative did produce a series of integrated test suites for the Mobile platform and this kind of effort needs to be generalized across W3C Working Groups.

With the new wave of developments in the Open Web Platform, the increase diversity in devices, and the increase in demands for real interoperability between the technologies, it is important for W3C to step up its efforts and coordinate the energies in testing new technologies like HTML5, CSS3, ARIA, etc. There is a strong need for Web technologies to work out "out of the box" on any devices (Desktop, TV, mobile, tablet) and reliably in more consumer oriented use cases, including accessibility.

The intent of the acitivty is to enable testing of the various facets of Web agents: rendering, scripting, animation, performance, user interaction, or integration with platform APIs, such as Accessiblity APIs.

Highlights Since the Previous Advisory Committee Meeting

Web Testing Interest Group

This Interest Group only had low activity since the previous activity, mainly fixing bugs in the deployed framework and helping Groups such as Web Applications and SVG.

Browser Testing and Tools Working Group

This Working Group has been holding 2 face-to-face meetings in order to make progress.

Upcoming Activity Highlights

The first publich working draft from the Browser testing and tools working group is about to get published.

Summary of Activity Structure

GroupChairTeam ContactCharter
Browser Testing and Tools Working Group
Wilhelm Joys AndersenMichael[tm] SmithChartered until 31 December 2013

This Activity Statement was prepared for TPAC 2013 per section 5 of the W3C Process Document. Generated from group data.

Michael Smith, Web Testing Activity Lead

Last updated: 2009-10-01

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