Commit 819e8487 authored by intrigeri's avatar intrigeri

Update survey & describe tentative design.

parent fb62f35c
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* in Debian Wheezy, Jessie, and (as of 2016-02-14) Stretch;
but the package is orphaned
* how much do we still need Sikuli if we have dogtail?
* ships a `sniff` GUI that allows one to explore GUI applications
widgets and content using a11y technologies: very useful if we use
dogtail, or any similar tool
* most of the work is done by RedHat
## Misc helpers
* The pyatspi and Accessibility Python modules can be helpful
regardless of the actual tool we use. E.g. pyatspi can allow us to
listen for GUI events.
* [Accerciser](, an interactive
accessibility explorer for the GNOME desktop
## autopilot
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## Using accessibility technologies?
[[!tails_ticket 10721]]
In some cases, it could simplify some testing steps, such as anything
about navigating menus, that we're currently mostly avoiding since
it's hard to do in a robust way with Sikuli.
......@@ -76,4 +90,21 @@ it's hard to do in a robust way with Sikuli.
A downside is that we're not exactly testing how most users interact
with the software. Some upsides are that it would ensure that our
stuff does support accessibility technologies, and that we would have
to maintain less pictures.
to maintain much less pictures.
## How to do it
We want to build a high-level Ruby library that helps us generate bits
of Python (that use e.g. dogtail) that we'll then send to the system
under testing (using the remote shell we have already), and run there.
For example, one feature this library should provide would be to
select a particular conversation tab in Pidgin, based on the
conversation tab's name; that is, using _text_ and not a picture; this
can be especially useful when we learn what name we are looking for
dynamically, at run time, and thus can't add the corresponding picture
to Git.
Some stuff won't be doable in a nice, high-level way, so likely we
will need, for some corner cases, lower-level access to the generation
of the Python code that will be sent and run.
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