Is there a format for manual testing checklists?

  • For our web app, Selenium testing doesn't make sense at the moment but we have a large number of undocumented manual testing scenarios that we'd like to capture to ship with our source code.

    Is there a good existing, documented format (e.g. JSON-based) for building such a checklist?

  • With TestNG you can define your scenarios in testsuites (a group of related tests) in xml files. For example, we have a folder for each Scrum sprint, and in them we place one file for each User Story.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!-- US XX: As an user I want to access to the intranet with a login form in order to access to private resources -->
    <suite name="IntranetLogin" enabled="true">
        <test name="LoginChecking" order-by-instances="true">       
                <class name="" />
                        <include name="loginWithExistingUser" />
                        <include name="loginWithNonExistingUser" />
                        <include name="loginWithWrongPassword" />
                        <include name="loginWithBlockedUser" />
                        <include name="loginWithEmptyFields" />

    You can define the tests steps in the javadoc of each test method so they will appear in the html documentation that is auto generated when you compile. For example:

    * Description: Should display an error if the user try to log in with an incorrect password
    * Test steps:
    * 1) Go to the login page
    * 2) Write an username
    * 3) Write an incorrect password
    * 4) Click on Submit button
    * Expected results:
    * - An error message is displayed
    * - The browser remains in the login page
    * */

    And if you want a more expressive way to write the test steps you can take a look at Doxygen.

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