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gtklogger: A Tool For Systematically Testing Graphical User Interfaces



Stephen A. Langer, Faical Y. Congo, Andrew C. Reid, Rhonald Lua, Valerie R. Coffman


We describe a scheme for systematically testing the operation of a graphical user interface. The scheme provides a capability for generating event logs, which are recordings of a user session with the interface. These logs can be annotated with assertion statements, comparing reference test data with data retrieved by introspection on the GUI elements. Such an annotated log forms a test case, suitable for incorporation into a regression test suite.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1862
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software testing, graphical user interface


Langer, S. , Congo, F. , Reid, A. , Lua, R. and Coffman, V. (2015), gtklogger: A Tool For Systematically Testing Graphical User Interfaces, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 18, 2024)


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Created August 20, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018