How to Create a Plain-Text Editor Test

Learn about tester instructions and tester confirmations.

This article describes the steps needed to create and edit a Plain-Text EditorPlain-Text Editor - A tool that allows you to write tests as step-by-step instructions in free-form English. Tests created with the Plain-Text Editor (PTE) run using either the Tester Community or your own on-prem testers. test for our Tester CommunityTester Community - Human test execution. Harness the ingenuity of on-demand QA testers. Pay more and wait longer for test results but with the benefit of more detailed output. to execute.

How to create a Plain-Text Editor Test

  1. Navigate to the All Tests page.
  2. Click the New Test button.
  3. Select a site to test from the dropdown or add a new one by keying in the URL in the Add a New Site tab.
  4. Select “Plain-Text Editor” under How do you want to compose this test?
  5. Click the Create Test button.
The Create Test modal.The Create Test modal.

The Create Test modal.

Once the new test is created, you have the option of using one of our built-in templates or creating a test from scratch.

Adding Steps to a Plain-Text Editor Test

Each Plain-Text Editor test step is comprised of two parts: the tester instruction and the tester confirmation.

  1. Click the New Step button.
  2. Enter a tester instructiontester instruction - An action required to complete a step. under What should the tester do?
  3. Enter a tester confirmationtester confirmation - The expected result of a completed action. Framed as a Yes/No question, such as “Are you taken to a page with a Welcome title?” in the form of a question that the tester needs to answer under Ask the tester what they should check for.

Plain-Text Editor tests are written in free-form English. For tips on effective test writing, see Best Practices.

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