NOTE: This document is no longer maintained because the Web Applications Working Group was closed in October 2015 and its deliverables transferred to the Web Platform Working Group.
This document contains some general and historical information about WebApps' testing effort.
See WebApps' GitHub Testing wiki for information about how to Submit a test, the test case review and approval workflow, etc.
Goals of the Testing Process
The high-level goals for the WG's testing efforts include:
- Use a light-weight, asynchronous participation model that is consistent with the WG's WorkMode practices
- Use explicit Calls for Consensus (CfC) to determine the level of support for specific questions, issues etc. (For example a CfC could be used to approve a set of tests used to qualify a Candidate Recommendation.)
- Each spec should have its own test suite
- Test suites should use a consistent directory structure and consistent processes (e.g. submission and approval)
- It should be possible for a test suite to re-use part(s) of another test suite
- Test suites should use processes that are consistent (as much as possible) with other closely related WGs such as the HTML WG
- The status of a test suite should be clear (e.g. which tests formally Approved by the WG to qualify a Candidate Recommendation)
The WG uses GitHub as described in WebApps' GitHub Testing wiki.
WebApps Testing Resources
- The test Submission and Approval workflows are described in WebApp's GitHub Testing wiki.
- Harness - describes the test harness used by the test suites
email@example.com- WebApps' primary mail list is used to discuss test cases, announce new test contributions, etc.
- Testing Infrastructure Requirements; defines the requirements for the WG's testing infrastructure
Other Testing Resources at the W3C
- Policies for Contribution of Test Cases to W3C
- Licenses for W3C Test Suites
- Test Development FAQ
- W3C Quality Assurance Library
- Inventory of W3C Test Suites; aka "The QA Matrix"
- Requirements for HTML Testing Harnerss; by James Graham 20-Apr-2010
- Reference Tests (aka RefTests): see RefTests by the CSS WG and Creating reftest-based unit tests by Mozilla