Test Ideas for The Search Function

“Search” can be a good exercise which helps you practice building test ideas. This document initiates with a set of test ideas with using heuristics and oracles.
When you are testing for any products, sometimes you will catch the Search function, it can be specific for searching an item which satisfies given conditions like searching an invoice with a ID, or it can be general with a keyword for entire of web application. Assuming the Search feature under your test is like the image below.
The following test ideas as the result from the breakdown with mind-map which can be downloaded at MeU Solutions website.
I. User Types

  1. Users with solid experience about your product domain, so check what the result from Searching with specific keywords, or with complex combined keywords
  2. Users are new (very limited domain knowledge), so check what the result from Searching with popular keywords, general keywords, …

II. Comparison (use comparable feature like Google Search)

  1. Check what the result from the Search with wildcard characters.
  2. Check what the result when the user tries to search a file type (.jpg, .doc,..).
  3. Check with exact phase (the phase in quote “ “).
  4. Can we use minus (“-“) eliminate results with certain words.

III. Error Handling

  1. Check what the result with empty value.
  2. Check what the result with a long text.
  • Max Length.
  • Max Length – 1.
  • Max Length + 1.

3. Check with Spaces.

  • At Begin.
  • At Middle.
  • At End.
  • All characters are spaces.

IV. Security

  1. Check with SQL Injection.
  2. Check Cross Site Scripting (XSS).
  3. If the “Search” is using API, check if it is a secure API and how results encrypted & transmitted over Internet.
  4. Check what is stored in cookies.
  5. View and explore Source Code.
  6. Is it necessary to use HTTPs instead of HTTP.

V. Performance

  1. Check how fast the Search works with amount of results.
  2. Check how the Search performs with amount of users.
  3. Check and monitor the request & response time with various search.

VI. Interface & Hotkeys

    1. Check how text displayed in the Search Text field.
    2. Check with different text formats.
    3. View CSS from the Web Browser to identify any missing (or error) CSS.
    4. Check standard hotkeys such as: Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctr+X, Tabs, Enter,…
    5. Check how result outlined with amount of data returned (Check the Paging).

VII. Compatibility

  1. Cross Browser Testing.
  2. Check how the Search works with different OS (mobile, Windows, MAC OS,…).

VIII. Data

  1. Check with Latin Language Data.
  2. Check with Non-Latin Language Data (Chinese, Arabic…).
  3. Does the feature allow search with images? If yes,
  • Check with various file type: JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, BAT, GIF, PPM,…
  • Check with an image file corrupted.
  • Check with an image file with various sizes:
    • 0-byte
    • Very big size

MeU Solutions
 

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