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Testing terminology standard

Postby havlatm » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:16 pm

Dear users, we are looking for open standard of testing terms. Do you have some recommendation? Thanks.
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Postby bruno » Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:02 pm

It seems that there is an ISO recommendation (9646), SaloméTMF is using it. http://www.iec.org/online/tutorials/ttcn/index.html

I don\'t know how we (you, TestLink, whatever) could afford the original documents, since they cost about $100 each : http://www.iso.org/iso/en/CombinedQueryResult.CombinedQueryResult?queryString=9646.

QATrack is well organised too. One of the point about TestLink is that it enforce no semantic about its organisation. There are product, tests cases and plan, OK. But the components, categories and even requirements could be anything you want !

It will be hard to discuss the terminology without thinking about reorganising TestLink (from tree to flat layout, capability to add fields to the tests to organise as you want, ...)

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Postby Pavlik » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:26 am

The international standard of testing terminology you can find here:


Advantage: the national testing boards base their translations also on this glossary

For example here is the german translation:
http://www.german-testing-board.info/do ... DE_V20.pdf

I think it is the most popular standard actually for certification as certified tester in many countries
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Postby Pavlik » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:30 am

In addition: the summary to the glossary posted above.

"All standards are subject to
revision, and parties to agreements based upon this Standard are encouraged to investigate the
possibility of applying the most recent edition of the standards listed below. Members of IEC
and ISO maintain registers of currently valid International Standards.
- BS 7925-2:1998. Software Component Testing.
- DO-178B:1992. Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment
Certification, Requirements and Technical Concepts for Aviation (RTCA SC167).
- IEEE 610.12:1990. Standard Glossary of Software Engineering Terminology.
- IEEE 829:1998. Standard for Software Test Documentation.
- IEEE 1008:1993. Standard for Software Unit Testing.
- IEEE 1012:2004 Standard for Verification and Validation Plans
- IEEE 1028:1997. Standard for Software Reviews and Audits.
- IEEE 1044:1993. Standard Classification for Software Anomalies.
- IEEE 1219:1998. Software Maintenance.
- ISO/IEC 2382-1:1993. Data processing - Vocabulary - Part 1: Fundamental terms.
- ISO 9000:2005. Quality Management Systems – Fundamentals and Vocabulary.
- ISO/IEC 9126-1:2001. Software Engineering – Software Product Quality – Part 1:
Quality characteristics and sub-characteristics.
- ISO/IEC 12207:1995. Information Technology – Software Life Cycle Processes.
- ISO/IEC 14598-1:1999. Information Technology – Software Product Evaluation - Part 1:
General Overview."
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Postby havlatm » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:03 pm

Pavlik, thank you for your answer. The question is a few years old. I have also accepted ISTQB as terminology standard. There are some different terms in TL for historical reason. I slowly work on update.
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