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Australian Standard

Software test documentation

AS 40061992
ANSI/IEEE Std 829 1983

This Australian Standard was prepared by Committee IT/15, Software Engineering. It was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 27 January 1992 and published on 16 April 1992.

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The following interests are represented on Committee IT/15: Australian Bankers Association Australian Computer Society Australian Computer Society National Software Industry Committee Australian Information Industry Association Australian Software Metrics Association Computer Assisted Software Engineering Society Department of Defence Griffith University Institute of Quality Assurance Software Quality Association, Qld Software Verification Research Centre Telecom Australia University of New South Wales

Review of Australian Standards. To keep abreast of progress in industry, Australian Standards are subject to periodic review and are kept up to date by the issue of amendments or new editions as necessary. It is important therefore that Standards users ensure that they are in possession of the latest edition, and any amendments thereto. Full details of all Australian Standards and related publications will be found in the Standards Australia Catalogue of Publications; this information is supplemented each month by the magazine The Australian Standard, which subscribing members receive, and which gives details of new publications, new editions and amendments, and of withdrawn Standards. Suggestions for improvements to Australian Standards, addressed to the head office of Standards Australia, are welcomed. Notification of any inaccuracy or ambiguity found in an Australian Standard should be made without delay in order that the matter may be investigated and appropriate action taken.

AS 40061992

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Australian Standard
Software test documentation

First published as AS 40061992.

PUBLISHED BY STANDARDS AUSTRALIA (STANDARDS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA) 1 THE CRESCENT, HOMEBUSH, NSW 2140
ISBN 0 7262 7357 0

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PREFACE
This Standard was prepared by the Standards Australia Committee on Software Engineering. It is identical with and has been reproduced from ANSI/IEEE Std 829, IEEE Standard for Software Test Documentation. Under arrangements made between Standards Australia and the international Standards bodies, ISO and IEC, as well as certain other Standards organizations, users of this Australian Standard are advised of the following: Copyright of the content of this Standard remains the property of IEEE. The copyright of this edition is vested in Standards Australia.

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Copyright STANDARDS AUSTRALIA Users of Standards are reminded that copyright subsists in all Standards Australia publications and software. Except where the Copyright Act allows and except where provided for below no publications or software produced by Standards Australia may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system in any form or transmitted by any means without prior permission in writing from Standards Australia. Permission may be conditional on an appropriate royalty payment. Requests for permission and information on commercial software royalties should be directed to the head office of Standards Australia. Standards Australia will permit up to 10 percent of the technical content pages of a Standard to be copied for use exclusively in-house by purchasers of the Standard without payment of a royalty or advice to Standards Australia. Standards Australia will also permit the inclusion of its copyright material in computer software programs for no royalty payment provided such programs are used exclusively in-house by the creators of the programs. Care should be taken to ensure that material used is from the current edition of the Standard and that it is updated whenever the Standard is amended or revised. The number and date of the Standard should therefore be clearly identified. The use of material in print form or in computer software programs to be used commercially, with or without payment, or in commercial contracts is subject to the payment of a royalty. This policy may be varied by Standards Australia at any time.

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Documentation Standard 1. Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2. Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basic Documents 3. Test Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. Test-Design Specification . . 5. Test-Case Specification . . . 6. Test-Procedure Specification 7. Test-Item Transmittal Report 8. Test Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9. Test-Incident Report . . . . . . 10. Test-Summary Report . . . . .
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Appendix A Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix B Implementation and Usage Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix D Annotated Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

AUSTRALIAN STANDARD

STANDARDS AUSTRALIA Australian Standard Software test documentation

1. Scope
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This standard describes a set of basic test documents which are associated with the dynamic aspects of software testing (that is, the execution of procedures and code). The standard defines the purpose, outline, and content of each basic document. While the documents described in the standard focus on dynamic testing, several of them may be applicable to other testing activities (for example, the test plan and test incident report may be used for design and code reviews). The standard may be applied to commercial, scientific, or military software which runs on any digital computer. Applicability is not restricted by the size, complexity, or criticality of the software. However, the standard does not specify any class of software to which it must be applied. The standard addresses the documentation of both initial development testing and the testing of subsequent software releases. For a particular software release, it may be applied to all phases of testing from module testing through user acceptance. However, since all of the basic test documents may not be useful in each test phase, the particular documents to be used in a phase are not specified. Each organization using the standard will need to specify the classes of software to which it applies and the specific documents required for a particular test phase. The standard does not call for specific testing methodologies, approaches, techniques, facilities, or tools, and does not specify the documentation of their use. Additional test documentation may be required (for example, code inspection checklists and reports). The standard also does not imply or impose specific methodologies for documentation control, configuration management, or quality assurance. Additional documentation (for example, a quality assurance plan) may be needed depending on the particular methodologies used.

Within each standard document, the content of each section (that is, the text which covers the designated topics) may be tailored to the particular application and the particular testing phase. In addition to tailoring content, additional documents may be added to the basic set, additional sections may be added to any document and additional content to any section. It may be useful to organize some of the sections into subsections. Some or all of the contents of a section may be contained in another document which is then referenced. Each organization using the standard should specify additional content requirements and conventions in order to reflect their own particular methodologies, approaches, facilities, and tools for testing, documentation control, configuration management, and quality assurance. The standard applies to documentation on electronic media as well as paper. Paper must be used for documents requiring approval signatures, unless the electronic documentation system has a secure approval annotation mechanism and that mechanism is used. 2. Definitions This section contains key terms as they are used in the standard. design level. The design decomposition of the software item (for example, system, subsystem, program, or module). pass/fail criteria. Decision rules used to determine whether a software item or a software feature passes or fails a test. software feature. A distinguishing characteristic of a software item (for example, performance, portability, or functionality). software item. Source code, object code, job control code, control data, or a collection of these items. test. (1) A set of one or more test cases, or

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