Checklist of Checkpoints for "QA Framework: Test Guidelines"

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Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux (dom@w3.org)
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This document is an appendix QA Framework: Test Guidelines [QAF-TEST] . It provides a tabular checklist of all checkpoints from the specification guidelines, complete with their priorities. Please refer to QA Framework: Test Guidelines [QAF-TEST] for the full statement and description of the test guidelines and checkpoints, as well as references to related documents and full credits and acknowledgements of contributors to the test guidelines work.

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This checklist includes all checkpoints from the QA Framework: Test Guidelines [QAF-TEST] presented in a tabular format. The checkpoint priorities are included, and the order of the test guidelines document is maintained.

The presentation is intended to be convenient for organizers and evaluators of QA projects in W3C Working Groups, to facilitate assessing @@@ against the checkpoints. The table includes spaces for scoring each checkpoint, "yes" (satisfied), "no" (not satisfied), "n/a" (not applicable).


For a description of the meaning of the priorities in the following table, please consult the conformance clause of the test guidelines ([QAF-TEST], chapter 3) .

Checklist table

Guideline 1. Provide analysis of the specification(s).

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Identify the target set of specifications that are being tested.

[Priority 1]      

Identifytest assertions from the target set of specifications.

[Priority 1]      

Group test assertions by levels, profiles, modules, etc.

[Priority 1]      

Identify those test assertions that are part of the conformance criteria

[Priority 1]      

Identify all the discretionary choices defined in the specification

[Priority 1]      

Identify optional behaviors in the specification

[Priority 2]      

Identify behaviors that are undefined or defined ambiguously in the specification

[Priority 2]      

Identify explicitly undefined behaviors in the specification

[Priority 2]      

Identify contradictory behaviors in the specification

[Priority 2]      

List the user scenarios for the specification

[Priority 1]      

Guideline 2. Declare the structure of the test suite.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Document the structure for the test suite.

[Priority 1]      

Provide mapping between the test suite structure and the specification structure.

[Priority 1]      

Guideline 3. Document the testing methodology.

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

For each test area, identify the testing approach

[Priority 1]      

Identify publicly available testing techniques. List the publicly available testing techniques that have been reused

[Priority 1]      

Guideline 4. Provide the test automation and framework

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

List available test frameworks and applicable automation. Identify available test frameworks used. If none, justify why new frameworks are needed and existing ones could not be used.

[Priority 1]      

Ensure the framework and automation are platform independent. Demonstrate on 3 platforms. Ensure that the framework and automation are built using open standards.

[Priority 1]      

Ensure the framework and automation are applicable to any product or content that implements the specification. Demonstrate with three products or contents. Ensure that the framework and automation are built using open standards.

[Priority 2]      

Ensure the framework makes it easy to add tests for any of the specification areas. Demonstrate, through an example, how tests are added to a specification area.

[Priority 2]      

Ensure the ease of use for the test automation. Document how the test automation is used.

[Priority 1]      

Ensure the framework allows for specification versioning and errata levels. Explain how specification versioning and errata levels are accommodated by the test framework

[Priority 2]      

Ensure the framework accounts for choices allowed by discretionary choices in the specification. Explain how discretionary behaviors are accommodated by the framework.

[Priority 2]      

Ensure the framework includes tests for the optional behaviors defined in the specification. Explain how optional behaviors are accommodated by the framework.

[Priority 3]      

Ensure the test framework accommodates profiles, modules, product classes, and levels if they are used in the specification. For each dimension of variability used in the specification, demonstratehow the framework allows tests to be filtered by the dimension.

[Priority 2]      

Ensure the framework accommodates the conformance policy defined in the specification. Demonstrate how the framework allows tests to be filtered by levels.

[Priority 1]      

Ensure the framework supports test results verification. Demonstrate results verification by testing three products.

[Priority 1]      

Ensure the framework allows the tests to be documented. Explain how to document the tests within the framework.

[Priority 2]      

Ensure the framework has proper test case management. Demonstrate how at least one of the following test case management functions is accomplished within the framework: managing additions, managing removals, filtering by various criteria

[Priority 3]      

Ensure the framework allows specification coverage to be measured. Demonstrate the above by mapping a list of tests to the list of test assertions, grouped by areas

[Priority 2]      

Guideline 5. Provide the results reporting framework

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Ensure that the test framework supports reporting the results.

[Priority 1]      

Ensure the ease of use for results reporting. Demonstrate that the results reporting has sorting and filtering capabilities.

[Priority 1]      

Document how the results reporting allows results to be exported in a self-contained format suitable to publication on the web.

[Priority 2]      

Demonstrate that the results reporting provides details on failures (logs) sufficient to investigate.

[Priority 3]      

Document how the results reporting allows for history/storing analysis of comments

[Priority 3]      

Guideline 6. Plan for tests development

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Define priorities for the test areas

[Priority 2]      

Introduce a mechanism for the early feedback on the test suite architecture and test framework. Document and publish the mechanism to the intended audience.

[Priority 3]      

Ensure regular specification coverage analysis. Provide the schedule for specification coverage analysis.

[Priority 2]      

Guideline 7. Plan for conformance testing

Nbr Checkpoint Priority Yes No N/A

Document the plan for engaging vendors of implementations in conformance testing activities.

[Priority 1]      

Encourage Vendors to publish test results for their products by reserving a special space where information pertaining to test results can be maintained.

[Priority 3]      


QA Framework: Test Guidelines , K. Gavrylyuk, D. Dimitriadis, L. Henderson, M. Skall, P. Fawcett, Eds., W3C Working Draft, 2002, available at http://www.w3.org/TR/qaframe-test/.