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To run these tests, choose "Test" from the "Product" menu.

Basic Tests

There are some basic tests exercising the following classes:

  • KSXMLWriter
  • (see also the tests in the KSWriter project)

Compound XML Tests

In addition to the basic tests, there are also some "compound" xml tests. These test various permutations of writer calls to see if they generate the correct XML or HTML.

The tests are driven from a dictionary of NSDictionary based structures, each of which describes a sequence of actions to perform to build up the xml/html. The actions include

  • add a comment
  • add some text
  • add some attributes to the current element
  • add a nested element

The NSDictionary also includes the expected value of the generated XML and HTML, so that the test can check it.

In theory the NSDictionaries that drive the tests could be auto-generated to cover many permutations. The only problem with that idea is that the expected output would also have to be generated, which leads to a case of the chicken-egg problem (since generating XML is the thing we're trying to test in the first place).

At the moment, the NSDictionaries are hand-written, and are read from the "Compound Tests.plist" file.

"Snippets" Tests

These tests run through directories full of hmtl "snippets", performing some action on each snippet and then checking it against an expected outcome.

Before running any of these tests the framework loads a stub html document into a hidden web view. The stub document (defined in Stub.html) is just an empty web page.

The snippet tests use this web view as the host for testing each html stub. They first inject the stub into the document using WebKit DOM methods. They then grab back the DOM representation of the stub, and use a HSHTMLDOMAdaptor to write it back out as XML/HTML.

This actual output is then compared against an expected output.

There are two types of snippets that are tested.

The normal snippets (located in Snippets/Normal) are expected to be unchanged by a round trip through the KSHTMLWriter.

The pretty print snippets (located in Snippets/Pretty) are expected to be cleaned up when pretty-printing is enabled. For these snippets, each item of the folder is a sub-folder containing two files: input.html and output.html. The input file is injected into the stub document, and the output is then compared against the output file.

This test fails if any KSHTMLWriter fails to generate identical output for any of the snippets. It is currently whitespace sensitive and does an exact string comparison, which may be overkill.

A Note About Dynamic Test Methods

Anyone familiar with the unit testing framework we're using (OCUnit/SenTestKit) will know that tests are generally defined as simple void methods taking no parameters, which get run once.

These are fine in most cases, but there are some tests in our suite where we want to apply the same action repeatedly to each file in a folder, or each item in a plist. We could do this in a loop inside the test, but then if any item in the loop failed, we'd just see that the whole test had failed, which isn't that helpful.

So for these cases we do a little bit of extra work to ensure that the result of the testing of each file or plist item is reported as a separate result.

This gives us the change to see slightly nicer output if something goes wrong, and also a clearer idea about how many tests are actually run if everything goes well, since each iteration of each loop is counted as a test.

Because we effectively run the same test repeatedly, the default name of the test (which is the method name) isn't very useful in the final reports, since it just appears multiple times, leading to this sort of thing:

Test Case '-[KSXMLWriterCompoundTests testCompound]' started. Test Case '-[KSXMLWriterCompoundTests testCompound]' passed (0.001 seconds). Test Case '-[KSXMLWriterCompoundTests testCompound]' started. Test Case '-[KSXMLWriterCompoundTests testCompound]' passed (0.001 seconds). Test Case '-[KSXMLWriterCompoundTests testCompound]' started. Test Case '-[KSXMLWriterCompoundTests testCompound]' passed (0.001 seconds).

To try to improve this reporting, we override the name method of the test framework and attempt to return something more descriptive. Unfortunately, OCUnit seems to expect this name to be in a very rigid format, essentially: "-[Class method]".

Any attempt to return something in a different format appears to break Xcode's reporting of the tests. As a result, our options for messing about with the name are somewhat limited. Essentially what we do is to replace the method name with a single word.

In the case where we're iterating over files, we can use the file name, which results in something reasonably descriptive (note that this means that the test files need to have single word names).

In the case where we're iterating over items in a plist, we use the key of each item as its name.

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