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Subject: 30-day Public Review for Test Assertions Model and Markup Language Version 1.0 and Test Assertions Guidelines Version 1.0

The OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines (TAG) TC [1] members have recently approved the following Committee Specification Drafts (CSD) and submitted them for 30-day public review:

- Test Assertions Part 1 - Test Assertions Model Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 03
15 August 2011

- Test Assertions Part 2 - Test Assertion Markup Language Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 03 / Public Review Draft 03
08 September 2011

- Test Assertions Guidelines Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 06 / Public Review Draft 03
15 August 2011

Specification Overview:

Test Assertions Model defines a model for Test Assertions that are associated with a specification, and defines their use and semantics.

Test Assertion Markup Language defines an XML markup for test assertions conforming to the model defined in the OASIS TAG TC Test Assertions Part 1, Test Assertions Model.

Test Assertions Guidelines provides guidelines and best practices for writing test assertions. Although it is based on the test assertion model specified in OASIS (by the Test Assertions Guidelines TC), it can be used as a stand-alone guide.

TC Description:
The TC aims at improving the quality of standards by facilitating the creation and use of test assertions by OASIS committees and others.

Public Review Period:

The public review starts Monday, 3 October 2011 and ends Wednesday, 2 November 2011.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work. These specifications were previously submitted for a 30-day public review on 16 September 2010 [2]. This 30-day review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review.

Changes are highlighted in the diff-marked PDF files [3].


The prose specification document and related files are available here:

Test Assertions Model
- PDF (Authoritative):


- Editable Source:

Test Assertion Markup Language
- PDF (Authoritative):


- Editable Source:

Test Assertions Guidelines
- PDF (Authoritative):


- Editable Source:

ZIP distribution file (complete):
For your convenience, OASIS provides complete packages of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP files here:

Test Assertions Model:

Test Assertions Markup Language:

Test Assertions Guidelines:

Additional information about the specifications and the OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines (TAG) TC may be found at the TC's public home page:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be located via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home, or directly at:


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of Test Assertions Model and Markup Language Version 1.0 and Test Assertions Guidelines Version 1.0, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines (TAG) TC

[2] Previous public review announcement:

[3] Diff files:
Test Assertions Part 1 - Test Assertions Model: http://docs.oasis-open.org/tag/model/v1.0/csprd03/testassertionsmodel-1.0-csprd03-diff.pdf

Test Assertions Part 2 - Test Assertion Markup Language: http://docs.oasis-open.org/tag/taml/v1.0/csprd03/testassertionmarkuplanguage-1.0-csprd03-diff.pdf

Test Assertions Guidelines: http://docs.oasis-open.org/tag/guidelines/v1.0/csprd03/testassertionsguidelines-csprd03-diff.pdf

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/icom/ipr.php
RF on Limited Terms

Best Regards,

Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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