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Subject: Call to Vote: Ballot for OASIS Standard - Test Assertions Model V1.0

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines (TAG) TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Candidate OASIS Standard to the OASIS membership for a membership vote for OASIS Standard:

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

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to vote. This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met, the Candidate OASIS Standard is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS organizational members.

-- Voting Details --

The ballot opens at 00:00 Eastern Time on 01 October 2012 and closes at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 15 October 2012. You can access the ballot to cast your vote at:


The minimum number of affirmative votes required to approve this ballot is 48 (15% of 318).

Each OASIS organizational member has one vote. OASIS members should ensure that their organization's voting representative votes according to the organization's wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization's voting representative is, go to the My Account page at


then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as "Primary".

-- Information about the Candidate OASIS Standard and the Test Assertions Guidelines TC -- 

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 a user guide.
(http://docs.oasis-open.org/tag/guidelines/v1.0/cn01/guidelines-v1.0-cn01.html), and 
(2) an XML representation and schema for the model "Test Assertion Markup Language" (Committee Specification).

The Committee Specification was approved as a Candidate OASIS Standard on 02 May 2012. Statements of Use for Test Assertions Model Version 1.0 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) 
- Fujitsu Limited (https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tag/201202/msg00000.html) 

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

PDF (Authoritative): 


Editable source: 

Distribution ZIP files:

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


[1] OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines (TAG) TC

[2] TC Charter

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

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