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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] Profiles. Attempting a definition.
2008/6/18 Shawn <email@example.com>: > Dave Pawson wrote: >> I'm happy with the first para as most general. >> The second para is too constraining? That could take 'profile' out >> of the domain of application usage which, IMHO, is wrong. >> >> Definition: "an application profile is a set of policies, and >> guidelines defined for a particular application." >> >> Removing the metadata aspect gives a workable definition >> which I think it usable for ODF? > > A couple of comments. The first paragraph has the use of "application > profile". This seems to suggest an "OpenOffice.org Profile", "K-Office > Profile", etc. I think the general feel for the profiles is that they > define what aspects of the standard are to be tested. > Perhaps a better phrase there is "Testing profile"? And a "testing profile" > is then assumed to be application, document, or standard specific. But I'd > leave that out of the final paragraph so that we don't restrict the TC > inadvertently. +1. I don't want to restrict it to testing/use/schema subset For instance, if a test was targeting the accuracy of the > math formulas within a spreadsheet, then the environment has been defined to > be related to spreadsheets (not word documents, or presentations), and that > only the forumlas are being tested... I'd say that would normally be tested within a profile or 'whilst the test environment / item being tested is set to XYZ profile, i.e. a profile is way higher level than a test? A test environment is a different thing (I personally am happy to define that). > > Taking those into account the first paragraph may become: > > "A testing profile is a set of policies, guidelines, and restrictions > defined for a particular test." > > But this is getting kind of nit-picky.. :) restrictions/constraints could be seen as part of a policy, Happy to add it though it is getting to the detail. Your choice Shawn. Definition: "a profile is a set of policies, guidelines [[and constraints]] defined for a particular application." Unless I get any more feedback when USA wakes up I'll add that. > > The second paragraph isn't really needed, I think. +1. -- Dave Pawson XSLT XSL-FO FAQ. http://www.dpawson.co.uk