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Re: Testing dynamic pages

From: Giorgio Brajnik <giorgio@dimi.uniud.it>
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2004 16:56:59 +0100
Message-ID: <3FF4434B.8080306@dimi.uniud.it>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org


I agree that supporting tests of pages that are generated on the basis 
of user-given data is important and complex.

As you will see, LIFT Machine has some capability of specifying how 
forms should be filled in and therefore testing (for accessibility) the 
resulting pages. At the moment we don't promote it a lot since its GUI 
is rudimental (you have to specify in XML which form, fields and value 
you want to use). In the future there will be a better interface.
Also, in the user's manual we say that the mechanism can be used to 
automate testing of login forms only. But the mechanism is more general 
than that.

See section 9.13 of the User's Manual of the LM.


Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> [Bcc'ed to EuroAccessibility technical groups]
> Hi folks,
> one of the issues that is going to come up for the EuroAccessibility 
> Task Force on testing tools is how to check the performance of tools for 
> dynamic pages - for example, can a particular piece of sooftware test 
> the 4-step process of registering for a W3C meeting, or the process of 
> applying for a credit card online?
> Thre are lots of open questions about the best methodology to apply 
> here, and particularly about how to classify the results, but I am 
> wondering if anyone has a tool that can actually walk through the 
> process, and how this is done.
> The EuroAccessibility task force is likely to look seriously at how to 
> do this in the second half of this year (at least  it is this year in 
> Europe now :-) and having some idea now about any tools that are 
> designed to handle this problem would be helpful.
> Some preliminary thoughts:
> javascript extensions to something that functions as a browser, or tools 
> that have access to pprocessing back-ends, seem to me likely to have an 
> easier time of this. Although in principle it is possible to save each 
> page through the process and run it through a local test, it might not 
> be that simple in practice to get all the scripts, styles, multimedia, etc.
> Testing this manually (without tools) should be largely possible, but it 
> is a complex job, and it would be nice to be supported by software.
> cheers
> Chaals
> -- 
> Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
> charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org

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