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Testing

Objectives

  • Be able to systematically test your final product and make changes as appropriate
  • Be able to document your testing

Important

You do not have include any evidence for testing your e-book. It is inferred that you have tested your e-book if it is free from errors. The section below is to help you to ensure that you have tested your e-book thoroughly. 

The examiner's report for June 2010 states:-

Separate evidence of testing is still often provided in the form of test plans and screen dumps. As stated in previous examiner reports this is not necessary. Testing is demonstrated by the fact that a fully function e-book had been produced.

Your Task

  • You should always ensure that, at standard screen resolutions, all the content on every page can be viewed without the user having to scroll down.
  • You should NEVER have links to web pages in your e-book (because these links will not work in 100 years time).  Use screen dumps instead.
  • Think very carefully about navigation.  Use navigation bars AND forward and back buttons on pages.  Your user should NEVER reach a dead-end and have to click the Back button on his/her browser.
  • Have a consistent theme in the e-book rather than a "hotchpotch" of different colours, fonts and styles.
  • Remember your audience and the purpose of the e-book at all times.  It would be a good idea to have a "Welcome" page with an introduction to the e-book aimed at this audience.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of "accessibility issues" e.g. have a text alternative for pictures/animations, think about colour and text size.
  • Spell-check and proof-read.
  • Copy the folder containing the e-book to a CD-R or a USB Flash Drive.  Then test every hyperlink and component.
  • Get other people to use your e-book to help you with the testing and evaluation.  Design a questionnaire for them to fill in.

Testing guidelines

Functional testing should include at least testing:-
  • that it runs in a browser ( preferably more than one )
  • all the links work ( remember - no external links )
  • multimedia elements function correctly
  • animations function correctly
  • that the page fits on the screen without scrolling ( 1024 x 768 resolution )
  • that it can exit cleanly
Fitness for purpose testing:-
  • does the ebook convey the impression you intended?
  • is it easy to read?
  • is it easy to navigate?
  • do the special effects work well in conveying the right impression?

Mark Band e

Mark Band 1

Mark Band 2

Mark Band 3

In creating the e-book, the learner

selects and uses some suitable ready-made multimedia components, although not always appropriately

creates and uses some suitable original multimedia components, although not always appropriately

selects and uses software tools, although not always appropriately

carries out some limited testing and quality control, but not sufficient to guarantee that it functions correctly.

(0–5)

In creating the e-book, the learner:

selects and uses suitable ready-made multimedia components appropriately

creates and uses suitable original multimedia components appropriately

selects and uses software tools appropriately

carries out adequate testing and quality control of the e-book to ensure that it functions correctly.


(6–8)

In creating the e-book, the learner

selects and uses a range of suitable ready-made multimedia components effectively

creates and uses a range of suitable original multimedia components effectively

selects and uses appropriate software tools competently

carries out extensive testing and quality control of the e-book to ensure that it functions correctly and is fully fit for purpose.

(9–10)










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