Thursday, May 27, 2010

Testing vs Testing

What's wrong with this menu control:














You've probably seen it a few times. You hold down Ctrl and select all the choices you want. Simple, right? Sure it is. But what happens when the menu has over 1300 options? Imagine trying to select Barrow, Alaska and 3 counties within MD. It's a nightmare.

But the funny thing is the developer probably doesn't see anything wrong. Why? Because 
  • he tested the site using a much smaller dataset
  • he just picked from the first few options to test his query
  • he lives in Anchorage, Alaska :)
I doubt that he went through a test case that included picking multiple choices from different sections of the dataset. 

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