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Experimental test harness

From: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2007 17:40:35 +0100
To: public-mwts@w3.org
Message-Id: <1173372035.12534.134.camel@cumulustier>

Hi,

Following-up on our discussions last week on setting up an experimental
test harness that would allow to navigate through test cases and record
results, I've set up such a script at:
http://www.w3.org/2007/03/mth/harness

At this time, only the CSS MP link is functional - the DOM one can't be
used due to the way the Javascript displays the result.

The harness drives the user through the set of known test cases,
recording at each step which test case passes and which doesn't, leading
to a results table such as:
http://www.w3.org/2007/03/mth/results?ts=cssmp

Of course, this is still very drafty and could use quite a few
improvements; a few of the ideas that come to my mind:
 * allow to define more context for individual test cases; at this time,
the context for each test case is very crudely defined; I would need to
define what headers the content should be sent with (e.g. content type)
 * attach more metadata to the list of testcases to make the results
table more interesting
 * bind the data to abstract user agents rather than to a unique user
agent string (I'm thinking that WURFL should be able to help for this)
 * allow a given user to start from a given test case, giving hints on
which test cases haven't been run on his/her device, or which test cases
have received inconsistent results
 * allow to skip a test case (i.e. going from test n to test n+2) when a
given test can't be run

Feedback and suggestions welcome; please do keep in mind this is
entirely experimental at this stage.

Dom
Received on Thursday, 8 March 2007 16:44:32 GMT

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