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FiveUI is an extensible tool for evaluating HTML user interfaces against sets of codified UI Guidelines.

Installation and getting started

FiveUI is a basic browser extension with support for Firefox and Google Chrome. If you're familiar with browser extensions, you can quickly install FiveUI from the binaries:

The Installation Guide describes the installation process for Firefox and Google Chrome.

After you've installed FiveUI, take a look at the Getting Started Guide to learn about Rule Sets and setting URL Patterns to match web sites to codified guidelines.

Building FiveUI

Most (if not all) the FiveUI dependencies are included in the repository, so building FiveUI should be as simple as running:

$ make

The default target will stage both extensions into the build/chrome and build/firefox directories, respectively. To build the packaged extensions, use the package target.

$ make package

Chrome signing key

In order to build the Google Chrome extension, you will need to first place a signing key in the top level directory with the name fiveui.pem. It isn't necessary to do this in order to build and use the Chrome extension locally (see Using the Chrome Extension Unpacked below).

Using the Chrome Extension Unpacked

See the Chrome Extentions FAQ on how to load an unpacked extension using "Developer mode". You should use the build/chrome/ directory for this.

Running the Firefox Extension Unpacked

The build system provides a run-firefox target that will make sure that the staged extension is up to date, and then execute the cfx run command in the right context.

$ make run-firefox

Running the tests

The make test target depends on:

  • a virtual framebuffer (xvfb-run)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • a Java runtime
  • Apache Maven
  • PhantomJS

If those are installed, then you should be able to run the test target from the top-level directory with:

$ make test

If this fails to work on your system, please let us know so we can make the testing process more robust.

Testing without xvfb

Getting a virtual framebuffer (xvfb) working on OS X is tough. You can still run the Maven tests manually by going to src/batchtools and running:

$ mvn test

Beware that multiple browser instances will spawn in the process. The maven test reports are by default written to the various */target/surefire-reports/ directories.

Repository layout

This is the repository for the FiveUI project.

binaries    : A directory holding the latest extension binaries
doc         : FiveUI Documentation
exampleData : Sample web pages and rule sets for testing.
mk          : Build system utilities
profiles    : Sample user profiles for web browsers.  Used for testing.
src         : Project source code
tools       : Third-party build tools