[webkit-dev] Layout Tests and the W3C

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Mon Apr 15 18:29:43 PDT 2013

On Apr 15, 2013, at 5:31 PM, Dirk Pranke <dpranke at chromium.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Those of you who are subscribed to blink-dev@ will see that I just sent out a note entitled "Blink, Testing and the W3C", describing stuff I'm working on to get the W3C tests running regularly as part of the layout tests. The W3C has gotten to the point where they have many thousands of ref tests, a lot of which are newer versions of old test suites that we imported once upon a time (meaning that we can replace a lot of pixel tests with ref tests).
> That work leverages a bunch of work Rebecca Hauck has been working on that actually started pre-Blink-fork, and in fact currently only exists as a patch posted to bugs.webkit.org ( https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=111513 ).
> I would like to get something resembling the same process working for both WebKit and Blink, since we use basically the same tools. There will probably be some differences, of course, e.g., in how we mirror repos and track issues, but I would hope we'd all agree the more tests we can share (both between WebKit and Blink and with other vendors like FF and IE) the happier everyone will be, right?
> We haven't really worked out the processes for how this'll work yet; Rebecca and I were starting to work on it when the fork happened.
> Assuming there is still interest, I'll start sketching out how things might work for WebKit and report back. Also, if we actually start to make progress on this, I'd be happy to talk about it at the WebKit committer's meeting if there's interest there as well.

I think it would be great to run W3C reftests as part of WebKit's layout tests. Extra awesome would be to have the setup to import new versions of test suites and/or new test suites regularly. I would welcome such work and I expect others would as well.

I also think this would make a great contributor's meeting topic, either as a regular session or a hackathon.


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