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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] xml.com article

"Dave Pawson" <dave.pawson@gmail.com> wrote on 06/10/2008 01:29:25 PM:

> odf_conformance_testing.html?CMP=OTC-TY3388567169&ATT=ODF+Conformance+Testing

It is an interesting idea, having an ODF application support a rendering mode that "renders" to a well-defined markup (sounding a lot like a metafile at this point) and then to define conformance based on validation and assertion testing of the emitted markup.  Essentially you take the structure/styles/metadata of ODF and render it into a pure presentation markup and then test that presentation markup.

The challenge here is that there is no guarantee that the application actually renders things to the screen the same way that it renders to the metafile.  Each renderer could have its own unique implementation bugs.  So at some point you need a test suite and validator for the presentation markup as well.  And how do you test that?  You need human eyeballs in the loop, otherwise you find that it is turtles all the way down!


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