Inkscape is a young project and the emphasis is still on adding features. Nonetheless it is gratifying that the stability of Inkspace has been steadily rising with each release.
The most important part of 'Testing' is simply to use Inkscape for normal work -- confirming that Inkscape has reached this level of maturity, exercise the new features and verify that the application works as expected.
? Bug reports
? Follow up
There are now some UnitTests which should be performed before checking in. These may take over 2 minutes to complete, and so this cannot be made a requirement for each build (Test Driven Development), nonetheless everyone is on their honour not to 'break the build' by committing code that does not pass these tests.
There is an 'inkscape build report; which is sent regularly to the inkscape-tester list (and periodically to the developer list, when new problems are seen) that gives a count of warnings spotted in the code.
- Defects in the build system
The field is wide open. We are keen to receive bug reports and feature requests. These often require analysis, clarification and further action. Anyone can do this. Better still would be to provide patches for any part of the application that is not up to the standard you expect - it is confirmation that the project is evolving. Note that serious testing should be done with an 'unstable' build, either one that you made yourself (to be fair building Inkscape requires gathering many libraries and will take a fair bit of time - it is not a 'good project' for your first foray into source code), or a snapshot that you have downloaded. We would also like to hear about areas in which we do not have parity with comparable applications. If you find that you are coming up with interesting ideas concerning shortcomings in Inkscape, or plans for its future, get involved with the Inkscape testers group.
We need people to create and update documentation, online help, tutorials and screen shots. Noting defects in these is a perfectly valid form of testing - we do not want releases to go out with obsolete documentation.
A community of Inkscape testers has grown up which has its own mailing list, and it is to be hoped that this will spearhead all work on usability and human factors. This group should be your first port of call for these areas:
- HIG compliance
See also TestingFramework.
Note: Bryce? Jon? shouldn't the whole of that page be merged here? Or is it better to have this info in two pieces. IMHO wiki pages should not be made too long.