The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released the “XML 1.0 (Second Edition) W3C Conformance Test Suite.” Apple is a member of the organization.
The test suite, developed in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), allows developers to test an XML processor for conformance with W3C’s XML 1.0 (Second Edition) Recommendation.
“XML is the result of years of effort on the part of many people who came to W3C to build it together,” states Liam Quin, W3C’s XML Activity Lead. “That same collaborative spirit and expertise now provides developers with an extensive XML Test Suite, which conforms to the current XML 1.0 Recommendation.”
The XML 1.0 W3C Conformance Test Suite was developed in cooperation with NIST, and was formerly hosted by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). The test suite contains over 2000 test files, and provides a set of metrics for determining conformance to the XML 1.0 (Second Edition) Recommendation. Both W3C’s XML Core Working Group and OASIS’ XML Conformance Technical Committee have contributed test cases. The test suite has received the support of the XML community and software vendors, Quin said.
The release of the XML Conformance Test Suite is the latest push by W3C’s Quality Assurance Activity to promote interoperability on the Web. W3C was created “to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. ” It’s an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT LCS) in the USA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in Japan.