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Subject: New OASIS Discussion List: Test Assertion Guidelines (TAG)

OASIS members have requested that we open a new discussion list, regarding a
possible new OASIS Test Assertion Guidelines (TAG) TC. The proposal conforms to
our rules and is set forth below. Standards always are improved by broad
participation. OASIS encourages open discussions about possible new TCs, by
offering a dedicated e-mail list for 90 days, upon member request. The address
of this list will be:


Anyone, including OASIS members and non-members, may subscribe to this list in
order to discuss the merits and possibility of the proposed project. The list is
now open, and can be joined by sending a message to:

tag-discuss-subscribe@lists.oasis-open.org [1]

The discussion list is governed by Section 2.1 of the OASIS TC Process [2], and
may last up to 90 days. Typically, participants in the list will determine
whether there is sufficient interest to form an OASIS TC, and then collaborate
on a draft TC charter for submission. Only subscribers to the list will have the
ability to post to it. If you do not wish to subscribe, but would like to
monitor the discussion, archives of the list will be visible at [3].

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists.
OASIS is an open standards organization, and welcomes your feedback. We look
forward to assisting parties interested in joining the community of
implementers, technologists, academics and end-users contributing to open
standardization for e-business and information exchange.

Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
web: www.oasis-open.org 

[1] Additional assistance is available, if needed, from the contacts listed at
[2] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php#2.1
[3] http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/


(1) name of discussion list: 


(2) A preliminary statement of scope for the TC whose formation the list is
intended to discuss:

We are considering the creation of a Test Assertion Guidelines (TAG) OASIS TC
with a charter precisely focused on producing guidelines for facilitating and
encouraging the creation of test assertions for OASIS specifications. 

The charter would be aligned with the intent of the former OASIS Conformance TC,
although the focus is here exclusively on test assertions, as opposed to general
aspects of quality and conformance. The scope of TC deliverables may include a
formal representation for TAs, e.g. XML mark-up.

The benefits of a common methodology and model for generating test assertions
(TAs) for OASIS specifications have been recognized by the OASIS Board and TAB
as well as OASIS staff:

- Quality: When designed at the same time a specification is written, Test
Assertions also help the TC in sharpening the specification requirements and
finding missing requirements or error cases. It brings a pragmatic perspective
to the specification work, and helps uncover potential interoperability issues.

- Coordination: Test Assertions represent a necessary step from the narrative of
a specification to the concrete test suite that will verify conformance to this
specification. No one is better qualified than members of a TC to write Test
Assertions relative to their specification, but the expertise of TC members is
usually not in writing test suites: Test Assertions is the necessary input to a
Quality Assurance team external to the OASIS TC that produced the specification
under test, for designing test suites. 

- Time to adoption: By enhancing specification quality and completeness, as well
as facilitating their testing for conformance and/or interoperability,  test
suites and test harnesses can be developed as soon as the specification is
finalized, and certification or badging programs put in place earlier. This is
on the critical path in shortening the lead time to deploy implementations
supporting these standards.

(3) The names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of the
three or more Eligible Persons:

- Abbie Barbir, Nortel <abbieb@nortel.com>

- Patrick Curran, Sun <Patrick.Curran@Sun.com>

- Jacques Durand, Fujitsu Computer Systems, <jdurand@us.fujitsu.com>

- Carmelo Montanez, NIST <carmelo@nist.gov>

- Paul Rank, Sun <Paul.Rank@Sun.com>

- Lynne Rosenthal, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), US.

(4) The name of the discussion list leader:

Jacques Durand

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