Defect Severity Levels
- Defects which could cause the standard to be used in ways which are unsafe to persons or the environment, or which violate civil or human rights. For example, severe related to privacy, safety tolerance, encryption, etc.
- Defects whose existence would likely cause direct business or financial loss to users of the standard. For example, spreadsheet financial functions which are defined incorrectly,
- Defects which prevent the standard from being used in the way which it was intended. This severity level requires a likelihood of misapplication of the standard, not merely a remote potential for misapplication.
- Defects which violate drafting requirements from OASIS or ISO/IEC. For example, lack of a scope statement or misuse of control vocabulary.
- De minimis defects , i.e., trivial defects, hardly worth fixing. Obviously, even the smallest defect related to health and safety must be given considerable regard. However, a typographical error where the meaning is otherwise clear from the context may be considered trivial. Similarly, a grammatical error which does not change the meaning of a clause or a terminology question where the meaning is clear and unambiguous to a person having ordinary skill in the art to which the clause most closely pertains, i.e., 2D vector graphics.
- Matters of personal style. For example, a request to use "do not" rather than the contraction "don't". These are opinions, but not defects.