OASIS XSLT Conformance Subcommittee

Subject: OASIS XSLT Conformance Subcommittee
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 21:52:05 +0200
OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) has a number of technical committees, currently under the direction of the CTO Norbert Mikula of DataChannel.

One of the technical committees is XML Conformance, chaired by Mary Brady of NIST (who brought the XML Conformance Test Suite to reality).

At the OASIS meetings co-located with the X-Tech conference in San Jose, there will be a meeting of a new subcommittee under the XML Conformance technical committee looking at XSLT conformance. The venue is probably going to be Wednesday afternoon March 1 at the Hilton.

Input from the XSLT user community is being sought:

(1) - do you have a set of XSLT test files that can be included in the test suite? (if used, the test files are identified in the suite as being yours)

(2) - can you articulate any specific needs you have from an XSLT conformance test methodology and suite of test files?

(3) - if you are an employee of an OASIS member company, can you directly participate in the committee work? (if so, please find your OASIS representative and let them know, and please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting in San Jose)

The objectives of this first meeting are to examine the inputs available from the community, determine needs and objectives, establish a list of deliverables from the subcommittee, assign roles and responsibilities to subcommittee members, and initially explore approaches to meeting the deliverables.

The XML conformance committee work in the past, a joint effort by NIST and OASIS (particularly with a lot of input from OASIS member Sun Microsystems), resulted in the publication of the "XML Conformance Test Suite" including over a thousand test files from different sources catalogued and documented. NIST and Sun separately developed a test harness, outside the purview of OASIS, for utilizing the test suite.

I anticipate a similar situation for XSLT: a report separate from an example testing harness (this way the report can be used stand-alone or in conjunction with test harnesses developed by others).

Short submissions can be sent to me by email using:


Long submissions can be sent to me by FTP using a write-only public directory (please also notify us through the above address that something is available, as the directory is not often checked):


We can't do as good a job without *your* input ... we look forward to hearing from you!

............. Ken

G. Ken Holman
Crane Softwrights Ltd.
OASIS Contributor Member

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