A Proposed Testing Methodology for STEP Application Protocol Validation
An Application Protocol (AP) is a specification for a subset of the data described by the STandard for the Exchange of Product model data (STEP). Application Protocols are designed to permit practical implementations of STEP. Validation is needed to ensure that the technical solutions provided by the AP will work in a practical sense. This document proposes that the STEP development policy be strengthened to require that Application Protocols be validated prior to being submitted for standardization. Justification for this additional requirement on Application Protocols is provided. The body of the paper describes a series of validation techniques that are appropriate for the development methods used by STEP. A process is proposed under which these validation techniques should be applied. In addition, this paper describes the contribution that AP validation could make to conformance testing.
Application Protocol (AP), STandard for the Exchange of Product model data (STEP), validation techniques
A Proposed Testing Methodology for STEP Application Protocol Validation, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
(Accessed September 21, 2023)