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XQuery 3.0 implementations vs the XQuery 3.0 Test Suite

Gentle friends,

The XML Query WG, jointly with the XSLT Working Group, are nearly 
ready to several several of the "3.0" suite of specifications from 
Last Call Working Draft to Candidate Recommendation.  The exceptions 
are Serialization 3.0, which will be submitted for a second Last Call 
comment period, and XSLT 3.0, which has not yet entered the Last Call 
phase.  (The documents being considered for advancement are XQuery 
3.0, XQueryX 3.0, XPath 3.0, XDM 3.0, and F&O 3.0.)

We already have in place a very substantial test suite for XQuery 
3.0, although we do not claim that it is as complete as we wish it to 
be.  We are currently in the process of reviewing the test suite to 
determine what additional tests are needed to ensure that we can 
determine our specs to be implementable as required by W3C policies.

The purpose of Candidate Recommendation is, as implied above, to 
determine whether the specs are implementable, particularly that each 
feature can be implemented by two or more implementations 
compatibly.  Therefore, as documents are transitioned to Candidate 
Recommendation, a Call for Implementations is 
issued.  Implementations respond to that call by submitting their 
results from running the test suite and by reporting bugs they've 
discovered as a result.

When we transition to Candidate Recommendation, we are required to 
indicate a date through which we will accept test suite results and 
other comments before we consider a further transition to Proposed 
Recommendation.  At this point, we honestly cannot predict whether 
implementors will require two weeks, two months, or two quarters 
before they're able to submit results.

If you are responsible for an XQuery 3.0 implementation, please 
respond to this message with your best estimate of how long from, 
say, mid-October 2012 it will be until you are able to submit test 
suite results.

Many thanks!

Jim Melton --- Editor of ISO/IEC 9075-* (SQL)     Phone: +1.801.942.0144
   Chair, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC32 and W3C XML Query WG    Fax : +1.801.942.3345
Oracle Corporation        Oracle Email: jim dot melton at oracle dot com
1930 Viscounti Drive      Alternate email: jim dot melton at acm dot org
Sandy, UT 84093-1063 USA  Personal email: SheltieJim at xmission dot com
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