Web Software Testing

Course:  WST1
Duration:  3 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

While many of the traditional concepts of software testing still hold true, Web sites and Web applications have a different risk profile to other, more mature environments. A typical Web tester now has to deal with shorter release cycles, changing technology, complex hardware and software platforms and an anticipated user base which is uncontrolled and may run into millions. Many testers and test managers are being asked to make the transition from testing traditional client/server, PC, and/or mainframe environments to testing Web sites and applications

This training course seeks to help those making this transition by explaining Web technologies, the issues associated with Web testing and suggesting solutions, strategies and techniques that can be used in a Web site?s functional, navigation, usability, and compatibility testing.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Web Basics

  • Internet and Web History
  • Basic Internet Architecture
  • Network Protocols
  • IP Addresses
  • IP, TCP and HTTP
  • URLs and DNS
  • Intranets and Extranets
  • Virtual Private Networks

Code Quality Assurance

  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Unit Testing
  • Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
  • HTML Validation
  • Images
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Web Open Font Format (WOOF)
  • Client-side Scripting
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  • Document Type Definitions (DTD)
  • XML Namespaces
  • XML Schema
  • Displaying XML with CSS
  • Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL)


  • Client Hardware and Software
  • Different Browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc.)
  • Browser Modes
  • Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Compatibility View
  • Server Software
  • Choosing the Test Environment
  • Software Combinations
  • Software Configuration Tools
  • Installability and Serviceability


  • Links
  • Static and Dynamic Links
  • Framesets
  • Inline Frames
  • Navigational Aids
  • Internal Search Engines
  • Site Maps
  • Site Navigation Tools
  • Navigational Efficiency

Risk Based Testing

  • Test Identification
  • Non-Functional Attributes
  • Business Impact
  • Failure Likelihood
  • Test Prioritization

Client-side Functionality

  • Forms
  • Client-side and Server-side Validation
  • Dynamic HTML
  • Document Object Model
  • AJAX
  • Client-side Pop-ups
  • Variable Screen Resolutions
  • Client-side Objects
  • Java and the Java Virtual Machine

Server-side Functionality

  • Server-Side Includes
  • Dynamic Page Generation (ASP, PHP, Python, Ruby, etc.)
  • Common Gateway Interface (CGI)
  • Database Interaction
  • Database Middleware
  • Interfacing to Back-Office Systems
  • Personalization
  • RSS
  • Internet Explorer Web Slices


  • Maintaining a Session
  • Cookies
  • Private Browsing
  • Shopping Carts
  • Multi-Page Transactions
  • State Transition Diagrams
  • Secure Sessions
  • SSL and TLS
  • Encryption
  • Public Key Infrastructure


  • Importance of User Interface
  • Workflows
  • Actors and Use Cases
  • Usability Testing
  • Screen Size and Resolution
  • Readability
  • Printer Friendly Pages
  • Help Systems
  • Usability Guidelines
  • Performing Usability Tests
  • Guidelines for Usability Testing
  • Globalization and International Environments


  • Color Confusion
  • Components of Web Accessibility
  • Web Accessibility Initiative
  • WAI Guidelines and Techniques
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • Conformance Requirements
  • Evaluation Web Sites for Accessibility
  • PAS 78

Post Implementation

  • Maintenance Testing
  • Measuring Success
  • Heatmaps
  • Search Engines and Directories
  • Meta Tags
What You Can Expect

In this course, you will learn how to?

  • Understand the different technologies used in Web environments.
  • Communicate adequately with Web developers to ascertain the nature of the development and production environments including the functionality of the site or application.
  • Examine and validate functional and non-functional requirements for Web sites and applications.
  • Specify appropriate test environments.
  • Perform a simple risk analysis to identify and prioritise tests.
  • Create appropriate tests, test cases and test scripts.
  • Execute tests in a controlled manner using the correct setup conditions and inputs.
  • Understand the nature, availability and limitations of Web testing tools.
Who Should Take This Course

Software testers, members of QA teams and test managers.

Recommended Prerequisites

A basic knowledge of the Internet and software testing.

Training Style

Instructor led with 60% lecture and 40% lab.

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