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This is a testing checklist for web and desktop applications.

Note – This article is little long (over 2700 words). My goal is to share one of the most comprehensive testing checklist ever written and this is not yet done. I’ll keep updating this post in future with more scenarios. If you don’t have time to read it now, please feel free to share with your friends and bookmark it for later.

Make testing checklist as an integral part of test cases writing process. Using this checklist you can easily create hundreds of test cases for testing web or desktop applications. These are all general test cases and should be applicable for almost all kind of applications. Refer these tests while writing test cases for your project and I’m sure you will cover most testing types except the application specific business rules provided in your SRS documents.

Software Testing Checklist

Though this is a common checklist, I recommend preparing a standard testing checklist tailored to your specific needs using below test cases in addition with application specific tests.

Importance of Using Checklist for Testing:
- Maintaining a standard repository of reusable test cases for your application will ensure the most common bugs will be caught more quickly.
- Checklist helps to quickly complete writing test cases for new versions of the application.
- Reusing test cases help to save money on resources to write repetitive tests.
- Important test cases will be covered always making it almost impossible to forget.
- Testing checklist can be referred by developers to ensure most common issues are fixed in development phase itself.

Few notes to remember:
1) Execute these scenarios with different user roles e.g. admin user, guest user etc.
2) For web applications these scenarios should be tested on multiple browsers like IE, FF, Chrome, and Safari with versions approved by client.
3) Test with different screen resolutions like 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, etc.
4) Application should be tested on variety of displays like LCD, CRT, Notebooks, Tablets, and Mobile phones.
4) Test application on different platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux operating systems.

Comprehensive Testing Checklist for Testing Web and Desktop Applications:

Assumptions: Assuming that your application supports following functionality
- Forms with various fields
- Child windows
- Application interacts with database
- Various search filter criteria and display results
- Image upload
- Send email functionality
- Data export functionality

General Test Scenarios

1. All mandatory fields should be validated and indicated by asterisk (*) symbol
2. Validation error messages should be displayed properly at correct position
3. All error messages should be displayed in same CSS style (e.g. using red color)
4. General confirmation messages should be displayed using CSS style other than error messages style (e.g. using green color)
5. Tool tips text should be meaningful
6. Dropdown fields should have first entry as blank or text like ‘Select’
7. Delete functionality for any record on page should ask for confirmation
8. Select/deselect all records options should be provided if page supports record add/delete/update functionality
9. Amount values should be displayed with correct currency symbols
10. Default page sorting should be provided
11. Reset button functionality should set default values for all fields
12. All numeric values should be formatted properly
13. Input fields should be checked for max field value. Input values greater than specified max limit should not be accepted or stored in database
14. Check all input fields for special characters
15. Field labels should be standard e.g. field accepting user’s first name should be labeled properly as ‘First Name’
16. Check page sorting functionality after add/edit/delete operations on any record
17. Check for timeout functionality. Timeout values should be configurable. Check application behavior after operation timeout
18. Check cookies used in an application
19. Check if downloadable files are pointing to correct file paths
20. All resource keys should be configurable in config files or database instead of hard coding
21. Standard conventions should be followed throughout for naming resource keys
22. Validate markup for all web pages (validate HTML and CSS for syntax errors) to make sure it is compliant with the standards
23. Application crash or unavailable pages should be redirected to error page
24. Check text on all pages for spelling and grammatical errors
25. Check numeric input fields with character input values. Proper validation message should appear
26. Check for negative numbers if allowed for numeric fields
27. Check amount fields with decimal number values
28. Check functionality of buttons available on all pages
29. User should not be able to submit page twice by pressing submit button in quick succession.
30. Divide by zero errors should be handled for any calculations
31. Input data with first and last position blank should be handled correctly

GUI and Usability Test Scenarios

1. All fields on page (e.g. text box, radio options, dropdown lists) should be aligned properly
2. Numeric values should be right justified unless specified otherwise
3. Enough space should be provided between field labels, columns, rows, error messages etc.
4. Scroll bar should be enabled only when necessary
5. Font size, style and color for headline, description text, labels, infield data, and grid info should be standard as specified in SRS
6. Description text box should be multi-line
7. Disabled fields should be grayed out and user should not be able to set focus on these fields
8. Upon click of any input text field, mouse arrow pointer should get changed to cursor
9. User should not be able to type in drop down select lists
10. Information filled by users should remain intact when there is error message on page submit. User should be able to submit the form again by correcting the errors
11. Check if proper field labels are used in error messages
12. Dropdown field values should be displayed in defined sort order
13. Tab and Shift+Tab order should work properly
14. Default radio options should be pre-selected on page load
15. Field specific and page level help messages should be available
16. Check if correct fields are highlighted in case of errors
17. Check if dropdown list options are readable and not truncated due to field size limit
18. All buttons on page should be accessible by keyboard shortcuts and user should be able to perform all operations using keyboard
19. Check all pages for broken images
20. Check all pages for broken links
21. All pages should have title
22. Confirmation messages should be displayed before performing any update or delete operation
23. Hour glass should be displayed when application is busy
24. Page text should be left justified
25. User should be able to select only one radio option and any combination for check boxes.

Test Scenarios for Filter Criteria

1. User should be able to filter results using all parameters on the page
2. Refine search functionality should load search page with all user selected search parameters
3. When there is at least one filter criteria is required to perform search operation, make sure proper error message is displayed when user submits the page without selecting any filter criteria.
4. When at least one filter criteria selection is not compulsory user should be able to submit page and default search criteria should get used to query results
5. Proper validation messages should be displayed for invalid values for filter criteria

Test Scenarios for Result Grid

1. Page loading symbol should be displayed when it’s taking more than default time to load the result page
2. Check if all search parameters are used to fetch data shown on result grid
3. Total number of results should be displayed on result grid
4. Search criteria used for searching should be displayed on result grid
5. Result grid values should be sorted by default column.
6. Sorted columns should be displayed with sorting icon
7. Result grids should include all specified columns with correct values
8. Ascending and descending sorting functionality should work for columns supported with data sorting
9. Result grids should be displayed with proper column and row spacing
10. Pagination should be enabled when there are more results than the default result count per page
11. Check for Next, Previous, First and Last page pagination functionality
12. Duplicate records should not be displayed in result grid
13. Check if all columns are visible and horizontal scroll bar is enabled if necessary
14. Check data for dynamic columns (columns whose values are calculated dynamically based on the other column values)
15. For result grids showing reports check ‘Totals’ row and verify total for every column
16. For result grids showing reports check ‘Totals’ row data when pagination is enabled and user navigates to next page
17. Check if proper symbols are used for displaying column values e.g. % symbol should be displayed for percentage calculation
18. Check result grid data if date range is enabled

Test Scenarios for a Window

1. Check if default window size is correct
2. Check if child window size is correct
3. Check if there is any field on page with default focus (in general, the focus should be set on first input field of the screen)
4. Check if child windows are getting closed on closing parent/opener window
5. If child window is opened, user should not be able to use or update any field on background or parent window
6. Check window minimize, maximize and close functionality
7. Check if window is re-sizable
8. Check scroll bar functionality for parent and child windows
9. Check cancel button functionality for child window

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