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XML Schema Test Collection open for contributions

                      W3C XML Schema Test Collection

              Henry S. Thompson, University of Edinburgh and W3C
            Oriol Carbo, University of Edinburgh and W3C1 May 2001
1.   Goals and Objectives

The W3C XML Schema Test Collection work aims at coordinating test
suites for W3C XML Schema processors created by different developers.

Here are its main objectives:

 1. Integrate existing tests for W3C XML Schema processors in a common
    environment so they can be accessed publicly and shared among
 2. Establish a standard approach to test material IPR which meets the
    needs of both contributors and users;
 3. Collect and develop tools to automate the execution and
    presentation of the test suites;
 4. Offer a standard description of tests related to W3C XML Schema
      a. Define what areas of the W3C XML Schema specifications the
         test relates to;
      b. Specify whether or not a test is designed to identify any
         errors in schema(s) and/or instance;
      c. When errors are expected, identify them;
      d. Provide links to the part(s) of the W3C XML Schema
         specification tested;
      e. Facilitate automatic test processing and result presentation.
 5. (Test descriptions should be understandable by a developer without
    the need to actually view the test file(s) themselves);
 6. Offer a standard presentation of test results;
 7. Design additional tests and add/regularise descriptions of the
    existing tests;
 8. In due course, provide an XSLT-based approach to comparing XML
    representations of the post schema-validation infoset as produced
    by different processors. We will shortly announce the availability
    of XML Schemas for both the ordinary Infoset and the PSVInfoset;

2.   How to contribute

The W3C expects to author only a small part of the collection -- we
are counting on Member organisations and others to contribute the

To offer materials for the collection, please send e-mail to

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
          W3C Fellow 1999--2001, part-time member of W3C Team
     2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, SCOTLAND -- (44) 131 650-4440
	    Fax: (44) 131 650-4587, e-mail: ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk
		     URL: http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/~ht/