Can you give me some guidance about how to optimize our browser compatibility testing?
There are a couple of strategies that I’ve used to optimize testing time in what I think of as “cross browser” testing.
1) Work closely with the developers, and listen to their ideas and guidance.
2) Learn the vulnerabilities of the website you’re testing.
Although guidance from developers is great, there’s no reason I can’t do some investigation on my own. I use View Source on a Web page to become familiar with the inner workings of pages and functional areas. Over time, experience with the application leaves me knowing where to look, but when a new page or new feature is added or I’m working with a site for the first time, this is one way to do some investigating. Another is looking over defects to find areas of the application that are vulnerable. Past knowledge is helpful.
3) Use the “other” browser.
I’ve written on the topic a number of times, so it’s probably no surprise to hear me mention languages. I work with Right to Left Languages frequently enough that I often look to different browsers to check scrollbars, displays and diacritical marks to think about not just other browsers but other languages. In the case of cross browser testing it’s the handling of Right to Left languages that I’m most on the prowl for.
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