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Subject: 60-day Public Review for Test Assertions Part 1: Test Assertions Model V1.0 COS01

Members of the OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines (TAG) TC [1] have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot [2] to advance Test Assertions Part 1: Test Assertions Model Version 1.0 Committee Specification 02 as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS). The COS now enters a 60-day public review period in preparation for a member ballot to consider its approval as an OASIS Standard.

Test Assertions Part 1: Test Assertions Model Version 1.0
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
02 May 2012 

Specification Overview: 

Test Assertions Model V1.0 specifies the structure and semantics of a test assertion. A test assertion is a testable or measurable expression for evaluating the adherence of an implementation to one or more normative statements in a specification. The model presented here allows for writing test assertions that bridge the narrative of a specification with the related test suite, acting as an intermediary step toward the development of executable test cases. 

Companion documents not part of this specification but developed by the TC are available as complementary material: 

(1) a primer document, "Test Assertions Guidelines" (Committee Note) as user guide. (http://docs.oasis-open.org/tag/guidelines/v1.0/cn01/guidelines-v1.0-cn01.html) 
(2), an XML representation and schema for the model "Test Assertion Markup Language" (Committee Specification). (http://docs.oasis-open.org/tag/taml/v1.0/cs02/testassertionmarkuplanguage-1.0-cs02.html) 

Statements of use for this COS were received from Document Engineering Services (https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tag/201204/msg00011.html), IBM (https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tag/201204/msg00012.html), and Fujitsu Limited (https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tag/201202/msg00000.html) 

Public Review Period:

The 60-day public review starts 14 June 2012 and ends 13 August 2012.

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.


The prose specification document and related files are available here:

PDF (Authoritative):


Editable source:

ZIP distribution file (complete):

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


Additional information about the specification 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 page, 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 Part 1: Test Assertions Model Version 1.0, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [3] applicable especially [4] 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.

[1] OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines (TAG) TC 

[2] Candidate OASIS Standard ballot 

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

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

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

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