Quality Assurance :
Towards web maturity

By Olivier Thereaux, W3C

Japanese members' meeting, Keio University, Mita Campus, 16 April 2002.
Location : http://www.w3.org/Talks/2002/04/16-JP_Meeting-QA/
Status : Public Material

Table of Contents

"The web is in its infancy..."

...but it's a gifted child

Well-known list of "success stories":

Gifted, or spoiled child?

No control over the web

W3C creates specifications and technologies known as "standards"
No (legal) authority, or control, over the use or implementations of these standards.

Success stories?

The road to quality

the QA activity

Structure of the activity:

Goal of the activity

"help the web reach its full potential".

Aiming for total Quality

In our toolbox

QA Process - The basis

Standards Tools Result
W3C Specifications (bad) Test suites
Developers Tools (bad)
Users Resources (bad)

Example case : The specification is bad (design errors? too complicated? etc.) Even if there is one (or more) test suite available (good or bad), the authoring tools available for this technology are bad (non-conformant, unusable, etc), and, as a result the resources created are also bad. This is of course an extreme example used for demonstration purposes.

Introducing the QA Framework

The QA Framework is a family of seven documents written to provide guidelines, examples and techniques for every step of the work done at W3C : Specification writing, test suite building, etc.

Note : links point to Working-Group drafts. Documents with no link have not been published yet.

QA Process - The QA framework

Standards Tools Result
W3C Specifications (good) Test suites
Specification guidelines Test Guidelines
Operational Guidelines
DevelopersTools (bad)
UsersResources (bad)

The QA Framework is meant to improve all the work done within (or maintained by) W3C : Specifications, and test material.

QA Process - Ultimate Goal

Standards Tools Result
W3C Specifications (good) Test suites (good)
Specification guidelines Test Guidelines
Test Harness
Operational Guidelines
Test and Validation Tools
Education and Outreach
DevelopersTools (good)
UsersResources (good)

In addition to the QA Framework, the rest of the QA effort will aim at improving conformance and quality of all aspects of the web, from the standard to their implementations and the final products.

How can I help?


Show the way

As a member of the Organisation whose goal is to lead the web to its full potential, it is our/your duty to demonstrate the use of good practices.

This is also contributing to the quality of the web...

References and Contacts


QA Home page,
Available at http://www.w3.org/QA/
QA Working Group and Interest Group Homepages,
Available at http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/ and http://www.w3.org/QA/IG/
The "QA Framework" Drafts,
Linked from http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/#docs


Olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>, W3C QA Activity Staff
Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>, W3C Conformance Manager
Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>, W3C QA Activity Lead

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