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Re: [widgets interface] Tests generated from WebIDL

From: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:46:27 +0100
To: Marcos Caceres <marcosc@opera.com>
Cc: public-webapps@w3.org
Message-ID: <1258044387.7093.2862.camel@localhost>
Le jeudi 12 novembre 2009 à 17:35 +0100, Marcos Caceres a écrit :
> On the other hand, automated test generation can generate a large number 
> of test cases and is less prone to human errors. But, at the same time, 
> it cannot test some things that are written in the prose. For example, a 
> AU must not fire Storage events when first populating the preferences 
> attribute. This is impossible to express in IDL.

I complete agree that manual tests bring a lot of value, but I think it
would be unwise to refuse automated tests that express exactly what the
spec expresses — in particular, they can be extremely useful to detect
bugs in the WebIDL defined in the specs, bugs that are extremely
unlikely to be detected through manual testing.

In other words, I don’t see why manually and automatically created tests
are mutually exclusive, and I see very clearly how they can complete
each other.

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