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April 30, 2010

Tester’s tools: Addressing IE ballot screen browser sprawl for 5 most popular web browsers

Filed under: Tester's tools — natiku @ 1:41 pm

For Rich Internet Application (RIA, using Ajax, Flex, Flash) is really needed to use testing tools with direct web browser automation support.

Many good testing tools are based on FireFox and its good extendability, but now when Microsoft introduce a IE Ballot Screen, How_the_IE_ballot_screen_works for Web Browser selections,
we will need to look for tools which are at least capable to automate most popular browsers.

How many browsers will be on the ballot?

Twelve altogether, but just five on the first page.

The first five are Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s IE, Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera (In random order).
On a second screen, the ballot will list AOL, Maxthon, K-Meleon, Flock, Avant Browser, Sleipnir and SlimBrowser.

Testing tools for 5 major browsers

Most popular Open Source Web Automation tools Selenium, is capable to automate this 5 web browsers see Selenium Platforms,
but test cases can be generate only with FireFox. This can be in some cases a significant limitation.

Another Open Source Test Framework Windmill has Cross-browser test recorder

Both tools support JavaScript, so test cases can be more easily shared with web content Developers.


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