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Subject: Re: [office-formula] Updated test suite program

Hi Daniel,

This is amazing stuff!   Just think of it, we're doing our specification using ODF as our working format, equations in MathML, using FOSS editors, and post-processing the XML  to automatically extract and evaluate test cases to check application compliance with the spec.

I think this is a great demonstration of the value of an open format like ODF.   In passing I'd note that Ecma TC45 is using the old Office binary formats as their working format.   They're not even using their own OOXML format.  



Daniel Carrera <daniel.carrera@zmsl.com> wrote on 07/25/2006 05:51:20 PM:

> Hello all,
> I'm back from FLOSSIE/LugRadio and I've been working on the test suite
> program. It's going well, and you can download it from here:
> http://daniel.carrera.name/odf/testsuite-generator.tgz
> It's easy to use:
> 1. Extract.
> 2. Put a copy of the OF spec on the directory and call it
> OpenFormula.odt
> 3. Type 'make'
> The test suite file is called TestSuite.ods. You must have xsltproc in
> your PATH to run this.
> The program works well. I'm not aware of any errors in converting the
> spec into a test suite, and I've tested it carefully. So hopefully there
> aren't too many errors I'm not aware of :)
> Notes:
> * The test suite is mostly configurable simply by editing the file
> template.ods. For example, if you want to add test data, just add it to
> testsuite.ods.
> * The test suite is nicely colour-coded, to make errors easy to spot. On
> the last column it gives informative warnings when possible. Some of
> those are intended for us, and others are for the implementor. When the
> program notices something funny in the spec it'll either say SPEC ERROR
> or SPEC WARNING, and some details. Currently those warnings are:
> SPEC ERROR: Expression does not begin with an '=' sign.
> SPEC WARNING: Expression contains a comma.
> The point of the latter is that it is a common mistake for people to
> type , instead of ;. I made it only a "warning" because the expression
> might legitimately have a comma (e.g. inside a date string).
> Over-all, I'm trying to make the results as informative as possible for
> both the implementor and us.
> Cheers,
> Daniel.
> --
> http://opendocumentfellowship.org
>   "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the
>   unreasonable man tries to adapt the world to himself.
>   Therefore all progress depends on unreasonable men."
>         -- George Bernard Shaw
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