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[Info-xnee] How to use Xnee to perform the auto GUI test for gtk+ based

From: li zhou
Subject: [Info-xnee] How to use Xnee to perform the auto GUI test for gtk+ based phone applications?
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 11:36:29 +0800

Hello all:

We are making contributions to LiPS ( ) and developing some software and applications to implement the LiPS Specifications. Some software have been done. To ensure the quality of those software and save resources, we want to use some open source tools to perform the auto GUI test for some gtk+ based phone applications like address book, voice call. Xnee is a good candidate. And yes, it is indeed. But after some investigation, we find that Xnee can't help to determine the correctness of the test result except the recording and replaying. So we have no choice but turn to your help whether we can find a solution to achieve this.  
To explain our requirements clearly, here is a example of  the "contact search" for address book  application For example, in  the  search interface of Address book,  when typing 'j' through  phone keypad , the matched contacts starting with 'j' will be listed in alphabet order. we name the matched contacts as the expected results. 
Our current status is: test specification is ready and we can perform the recording and replaying correctly with Xnee. The scenario we image is like below:
(1). tester or developer perform the test manually according to the test specification to obtain the test script which just record the EVENT sequence, that is the 'recording' process.
(2). For the regression test, the test will be perform the test automatically without tester's intervention.
The current Xnee release can't meet the requirement of step (2). After reading the Xnee manual, maybe the 'synchronism mechanism in Xnee" is helpful. As the synchronism mechanism, it records more DATA than just the EVENT to be replayed. Based on this mechanism, we think that can we also introduce this mechanism to step (1) to record the test results as the DATA field in the script file. (for each test case in our test specifications, the results/outputs will be specified for the given inputs. this is the base of our idea.)   During the replaying process, just comparing the DATA field with those DATA from recording process Xnee will determine the correctness automatically. Because the DATA output will be same for each test case ideally.
You are the exact expert, would you be so kind to help us out on the feasibility and implementation. If necessary, we can make a conf-call with you. 
Many thanks and looking forward to your help.... 
Best Regards,

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