GUI Testing Checklist - Windows Compliance Testing
Check List for Software Testing
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GUI Testing Checklist - Windows Compliance Testing
by Karthik Ramanathan
Start Application by Double Clicking on its ICON. The Loading message should
show the application name,version number, and a bigger pictorial representation of the icon (a
No Login is necessary
The main window of the application should have the same caption as the
caption of the icon in Program Manager.
Closing the application should result in an "Are you Sure" message box
Attempt to start application Twice
This should not be allowed - you should be returned to main Window
Try to start the application twice as it is loading.
On each window, if the application is busy, then the hour glass should
be displayed. If there is no hour glass (e.g. alpha access enquiries) then some enquiry in progress message
should be displayed.
All screens should have a Help button, F1 should work doing the same.
- For Each Window in the Application
If Window has a Minimise Button, click it.
Window Should return to an icon on the bottom of the screen
This icon should correspond to the Original Icon under Program Manager.
Double Click the Icon to return the Window to its original size.
The window caption for every application should have the name of the
application and the window name - especially the error messages. These should be checked for spelling,
English and clarity , especially on the top of the screen. Check does the title of the window makes sense.
If the screen has an Control menu, then use all ungreyed options.
Check all text on window for Spelling/Tense and Grammar
Use TAB to move focus around the Window. Use SHIFT+TAB to move focus
Tab order should be left to right, and Up to Down within a group box
on the screen. All controls should get focus - indicated by dotted box, or cursor. Tabbing to an
entry field with text in it should highlight the entire text in the field.
The text in the Micro Help line should change - Check for spelling,
clarity and non-updateable etc.
If a field is disabled (greyed) then it should not get focus. It should
not be possible to select them with either the mouse or by using TAB. Try this for every greyed control.
Never updateable fields should be displayed with black text on a grey
background with a black label.
All text should be left-justified, followed by a colon tight to it.
In a field that may or may not be updateable, the label text and contents
changes from black to grey depending on the current status.
List boxes are always white background with black text whether they
are disabled or not. All others are grey.
In general, do not use goto screens, use gosub, i.e. if a button causes
another screen to be displayed, the screen should not hide the first screen, with the exception of tab
When returning return to the first screen cleanly i.e. no other screens/applications
In general, double-clicking is not essential. In general, everything
can be done using both the mouse and the keyboard.
All tab buttons should have a distinct letter.
- Text Boxes
Move the Mouse Cursor over all Enterable Text Boxes. Cursor should change
from arrow to Insert Bar.
If it doesn't then the text in the box should be grey or non-updateable.
Refer to previous page.
Enter text into Box
Try to overflow the text by typing to many characters - should be stopped
Check the field width with capitals W.
Enter invalid characters - Letters in amount fields, try strange characters
like + , - * etc. in All fields.
SHIFT and Arrow should Select Characters. Selection should also be possible
with mouse. Double Click should select all text in box.
- Option (Radio Buttons)
Left and Right arrows should move 'ON' Selection. So should Up and Down..
Select with mouse by clicking.
- Check Boxes
Clicking with the mouse on the box, or on the text should SET/UNSET the
box. SPACE should do the same.
- Command Buttons
If Command Button leads to another Screen, and if the user can enter or
change details on the other screen then the Text on the button should be followed by three dots.
All Buttons except for OK and Cancel should have a letter Access to
them. This is indicated by a letter underlined in the button text. The button should be activated by pressing ALT+Letter.
Make sure there is no duplication.
Click each button once with the mouse - This should activate
Tab to each button - Press SPACE - This should activate
Tab to each button - Press RETURN - This should activate
The above are VERY IMPORTANT, and should be done for EVERY
Tab to another type of control (not a command button). One button on
the screen should be default (indicated by a thick black border). Pressing Return in ANY no command button control
should activate it. If there is a Cancel Button on the screen , then pressing <Esc> should
activate it. If pressing the Command button results in uncorrectable data e.g. closing
an action step, there should be a message phrased positively with Yes/No answers where Yes results in the completion
of the action.
- Drop Down List Boxes
Pressing the Arrow should give list of options. This List may be scrollable.
You should not be able to type text in the box.
Pressing a letter should bring you to the first item in the list with
that start with that letter. Pressing ‘Ctrl - F4’ should open/drop down the list box.
Spacing should be compatible with the existing windows spacing (word
etc.). Items should be in alphabetical order with the exception of blank/none which is at the top or the bottom
of the list box.
Drop down with the item selected should be display the list with the
selected item on the top.
Make sure only one space appears, shouldn't have a blank line at the
- Combo Boxes
Should allow text to be entered. Clicking Arrow should allow user to choose
- List Boxes
Should allow a single selection to be chosen, by clicking with the mouse,
or using the Up and Down Arrow keys.
Pressing a letter should take you to the first item in the list starting
with that letter. If there is a 'View' or 'Open' button beside the list box then double
clicking on a line in the List Box, should act in the same way as selecting
and item in the list box, then clicking the command button.
Force the scroll bar to appear, make sure all the data can be seen in
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