eValid Terminology Glossary
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Technical terms relating
to eValid capabilities, operation, and application
are shown below in alphabetic order. This document
is a work in process. New terms may be added from
time to time.
3D SiteMap: A graphical presentation
of a Web site which has been analyzed.
Bandwidth: The aggregate amount
of maximum bandwidth of all tests in the scenario.
For example, if 25 tests are run in parallel each
at 22 Kbps maximum bandwidth, then the overall bandwidth
is 550 Kbps. If one or more tests is run without any
limit, then the bandwidth of that Scenario is the
same as the natural bandwidth of the channel on which
it is run.
Base Page: One HTML or otherwise
created WebSite element, typically corresponding to
one file on the WebSite. Only refers to the HTML document
itself, not including Web Page elements (images,
Batch File: A file containing
a series of commands to be executed. A batch file
is normally used to automate a multi-step process
into one single execution.
Broken Links: Links which refer
to pages that are found not available when requested
during a site analysis.
Browser Protocols: In site
analysis, a special set of rules or guidelines that
are followed by the browser when it makes a connection.
Command Line Switches: Added
parameters to eValid when invoked from the command
line to control and produce a desire output.
Dependent Site: In some cases
a page download involves retrieving components from
more than one WebSite, the dependent site.
For example, a base page can refer to an image or
other element taken from an alternative dependent
Duty Cycle: The percentage
of time a test takes with no delays vs. the total
time the test takes including all included "think
Elapsed Time: Total Elapsed
Time displayed in the Log Files.
eVLite: An alternative playback
engine which which is able to playback any eValid
script with limited fidelity. It is designed to generate
a workload of up to 1000 users per copy. See the eVLite
Documentation for additional details.
Exclude URLs File: A file which
contains the URLs or keywords which are excluded from
the Site Analysis process. This could be logout URLs,
large files, etc.
Extrinsic: A recording that
involves some kinds of external input, e.g. manual
editing, to include commands that do not usually result
for the user interacting with the eValid browser.
Fidelity: Degree of accuracy
in replaying a playback script. A playback can be
FULL (full browser mode), TEXT (text only) or URL
fidelity (URL only).
Form Test Wizard: The standard
test produced by a eValid wizard that exercises all
parts of an HTML FORM. This is the test that
would very likely be created by a manual tester recording
a "full exercise" of all of the fields and options
(radio buttons, push buttons, etc.) on a single WebSite
page. It has "standard" playback modes that detect
various kinds of errors and report them to the user.
Full Browser Mode: Mode where
the entire page is fully downloaded and rendered.
HTML Monitor: An HTML page
displaying the results of the current loadtest being
executed. It provides the user with run count information
as well as timing data from the LoadTest.
Intrinsic Recording: A recording
made using natural recording is said to be intrinsic
if it does NOT involve use of any recorded actions
that do NOT result from direct browser interaction.
Otherwise it is extrinsic.
Link Test Wizard: The standard
test produced by a eValid wizard that checks all links
from a page. This is the test that would very likely
be created by a manual tester recording a "full exercise"
of all of the links on a single WebSite page.
LoadTest Script: eValid has
the capability of invoking eValid from within a script
and when the script does this it is called a LoadTest
Lock/Unlock: A command which,
when executed prevents other instances of eValid from
gaining focus. This command is usually used when there
are two or more eValid browsers requiring focus to
execute a command.
Modal Dialog: A type of WebSite
response that produces a window that takes control
and does not give up control until the user takes
some action. Examples include popups that ask for
an OK before collapsing.
Normal Background Mode: Mode
of site analysis where pages are mapped and images
are checked but not downloaded.
NT Service: Allows eValid to
be able to run without the current user having to
log on and invoke eValid.
Object-Mode: WebSite elements
are treated as objects with respect to their handling
and interpretation by the eValid engine.
OffSite Page: A page not in
the WebSite that is referenced somehow by the WebSite.
Oops Page: A page on a WebSite
that is delivered in lieu of simply letting the "404"
error code cause the browser to throw a "broken page"
image. An oops page probably has to be searched for
using a string match on some site specific phrase.
OnSite Page: A page or file
that is used or accessible within the WebSite.
Orphan Files: Files that are
currently residing on a server but cannot be accessed
through a web browser because there are no pages which
refer to these pages.
OverTime Alarm: A command issued
in the script to set a value, which when exceeded
issues an alarm message with user specified text.
Performance Chart: Graphical
representation of event log data in the Performance
Performance Log: Data extracted
from the Performance Log which can assist in the analysis
of how a sequence of one or more pages are downloaded
from the server to the client side browser.
Performance Test: A Type of
test conducted to measure & analyze how quickly a
page and its components are downloaded from the server.
Playback Only Thin Client:
A smaller version of eValid which also has a smaller
execution footprint designed to playback only LoadTest
scripts to maximize the number of eValid copies running
on one machine.
Quick Background Mode: Mode
for site analysis where both the page and the images
in a page are mapped.
Real Time Recording: WebSite
activity is recorded or played with timing (for load
simulation purposes) to nearest 1.0 msec. Only playback
mode timing is implemented at this time.
RealTime Recording: Records
a script with Wait commands to simulate actual times
taken to complete a recording.
Registry Settings:eValid preferences
as well as user profiles are saved in the registry
Rep Count (Test Depth): The
maximum number of times a single test is repeated
in a LoadTest Scenario.
ResetTimer: Resets all eValid
Timers to 0.
Scenario Width: The maximum
number of parallel executions in a LoadTest Scenario.
Serve Type: The ability of
eValid to render pages as text or simply return the
base page, excluding unnecessary files such as *.css,
Server: A server is the computer
program (housed in a computer) that serves requested
HTML pages or files by the client.
Singleton Test: An "atomic"
test, i.e. a fixed set of actions that does something
for which PASS or FAIL calculation by SMARTS is worthy
of noting and recording.
SpotCheck Test: Tests and verifies
a specific part of a page for unexpected changes.
Timer Alarms: A command which
when executed can send email messages should a specified
threshold be exceeded. This is commonly used when
Timing Chart: Graphical presentation
of the Timing Log.
Timing Log: Data extracted
from the Event Log which contains all the timing data
obtained during script playback.
Total Time: Total time it takes
for one script to complete playback.
Validate All Text in Page Wizard:
The standard test produced by an eValid wizard that
records for validation of all the text on a page.
This test would be equivalent to the one produced
by a human tester visiting each separate test passage
and manually asking eValid to Validate Selected
Text for all of the text in the page.
Wait Ceiling: Maximum Wait
Time Specified in the Preferences.
Wait Multiplier: The number
by which a wait time is multiplied during script playback.
"Real Time" mode is achieved with a [default value]
delay multiplier of 1.0. "As Fast As Possible" is
achieved with a delay multiplier of 0.0.
Wait: Elapsed Time recorded
from one command to the next.
Web Spider: A program which
scans pages or websites by following each link and
generates various information based on the type of
WebPage Segment: A passage
of text only information, represented as a string,
within the internal representation of the page.
WebPage: One HTML or otherwise
created WebSite element, typically corresponding to
one file on the WebSite. Includes all elements (images,
WebSite: The WWW site of interest,
either local or accessed over the WWW. A collection
of related WebPages.
Windows Scheduler: A windows
utility which allows user to configure and run a specific
task or application within the specified date and
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