Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Peaking Testing Challenge 1.2

All stuffs are worth looking at it but few are to be enjoyed not just looking at it. Go here enjoy the stuff and come back to this page. Observations from the dialog are as below:

  • The dialog has title ''.
  • Going through the blog content in, noticed it is focused on UX or User Experience.
  • The image given by Dhanasekar is available at URL -- and .
  • What I infer from actual blog post from where the dialog is being picked, the author of post is more interested in the simplicity of message which relates to edit actions along with user experience though not said literally in words.

I'm trying to construct the functional tests for UX and message, to know does it do what it is supposed to do and what it actually does.

Test Ideas:
  • What does the dialog shows if just one item is selected? Will it say ‘item’ or ‘items’?
  • Does the same dialog and message will be shown on selecting other content available in other module of application? In that case will the word ‘items’ will confuse the user?
  • What kind of message it is from application? Is it warning, informative, error or a question for a user? That is not available in the dialog displayed? Dialog is not saying what kind of message is being displayed to user.
  • Do this dialog and other dialogs in application will be displayed in all other browsers, OS and devices? Does the dialog, message, font type, font size, font color, background color will appear to be same in them? Does the title bar read same in all the above said?
  • Are there any accessibility standards available in this dialog and others? If yes what are they and will it had to UX value of this application?
  • The message does not tell whether it deletes the file permanently from database or not. It just says ‘Want to delete the selected items?’ Can the user get back the item(s) deleted later if needed? This is not highlighted in the message, though message is simple and clear.
  • Looks like the theme is MS Windows Classic theme. If yes, then it should meet the standards of Microsoft UI and UX guidelines.
  • If the user machine is not MS Windows but using classic Windows theme, later changing the theme should show GUI and controls appropriate to the changed theme. Is that happening?
  • What kind of application is this? So that the default action in the dialog can be decided. If it has important and critical items or files, the default action in the dialog would be ‘No’ and not ‘Yes’.
  • If I change the screen resolution, does the dialog and controls in still remain pleasing and intact with its functionality?
  • What happens If I leave the dialog as it is for a time period? Will it close itself with an informative message left behind to a user?
  • In what all ways I can close this dialog without performing the action of deletion?
  • How this dialog appears to users who are visually challenged?
  • What if the user zooms in or zooms out, the screen? Will this dialog appears to be pleasing and does its job still?
  • Will it show any other dialog or message on clicking button ‘Yes’ and ‘No’? If yes, what are they and how will they are presented? Ex – time taken to delete is beyond expected; unable to delete the file; file is already deleted by other user or same user in other instance; or the file being deleted is being opened or edited; file being deleted is already deleted.
  • If display properties of system – Windows and buttons, color scheme and font size is changed, will the dialog remains functional from its UX and UI aspect?
  • What if the color system is changed? Will font color of text and the size of dialog will have any impact on UX functionality?
  • Does the border and sizing of spacing in and around the dialog is consistent? So that it does not irritate or strain the eyes more of user. Will screen tool tip displayed will also be appropriate and contextual for the changes happened or happening?
  • Message in the dialog need to be conversational with user. Does that message in dialog is more conversational? Does the message tell the impact of action?
Stopping here for now.


  1. Looks like you missed the patch released here
    -Dhanasekar S.

  2. @Dhanasekar

    Looks like you missed the patch released here

    I have that. Will write that too.
    Thanks for giving out these exercises.

  3. Looks like the theme is MS Windows Classic theme
    Why such an assumption?There are lot of OS level UX and UI level tests, what is UX and UI? But browser level compatibility tests seems to me be more important but those are missing.
    Thanks for attempting this!!
    -Dhanasekar S.

  4. Practicing today, a thought crawled up. Showing a modal dialog and leaving screen or region behind it as it is, may give feel that still that screen behind is usable though dialog is modal.

    If used like a shadow effect for entire screen behind modal dialog may help user and makes easier to guess that dialog has to be answered. A kind of user experience test idea.

    I see title bar of dialog in web helps in contexts I can think of and also it can be little freaky in other contexts I'm thinking now. But I asked can you use the page name along with URL from where the dialog is shown using web app. That helped in test projects I worked.

  5. Why such an assumption?
    That was not an assumption. A point made observing the dialog. I'm conscious and aware what point I have noted down for this.

    There are lot of OS level UX and UI level tests, what is UX and UI?
    May be. I have come across with the OS I have worked, having Windows theme for its GUI. This has been captured in the test idea.

    Before tester telling of UX and UI, tester wants to know what 'client' understands from UX and UI in this question asked -- "There are lot of OS level UX and UI level tests, what is UX and UI?"

    But browser level compatibility tests seems to me be more important but those are missing.
    I have got that in my test idea.


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