Use of cap/replay tool for word-processor style application.
I'm fairly familar with capture/replay tools. They're good at testing forms and applications which look like forms. Does anyone out there know of an existing tool which can test, say, a word processor? I'm aware of what can be done with static tools and instrumentation, so I'm most interested in using a cap/replay style automated tool to behave like a user.
My current plan is to use a very basic macro player to execute a range of actions, and to use a parser to check through the resultant file (as generated by the application). This is workable, but - bearing in mind that an on-screen content area is rather more complex than a text-entry field on a form - does anyone know if the current set of tools support checking on-screen?
Last one: Does anyone know what non-static test tools are used by existing word processor / spreadsheet / content production tool makers?
Thanks in advance!
Re: Use of cap/replay tool for word-processor style application.
Most tools can do this with a given understanding.
Almost certainly, you won't be able to verify what you are 'typing in' is visually correct. Meaning that you can emulate the keyboard entry, but the screen that it shows up can not be verified, at least not without some uncertainty.
As for 'are others doing this'? I don't know about now, but 6-7 years ago when MS still owned Microsoft Visual Test (Now Rational Visual Test), one student interned at MS and came back and said that nobody at Microsoft QA used Visual Test. Most were either using VB scripts, or tested directly against the API. But that was 6-7 years ago.