A Message Sequence Chart-profile for Graphical Test Specification, Development and Tracing

Paul Baker, Jens Grabowski, Ekkart Rudolph, Ina Schieferdecker

Abstract

Recently, international standard bodies approved the third evolution of the TTCN test specification language (TTCN-3) as a requirement to modernise and widen its application beyond pure OSI conformance testing. Even though TTCN-3 makes the description of complex distributed test behaviour much easier there is still a requirement from the user community to provide a visualisation means for test specification, development and tracing. Message Sequence Charts (MSC) appeared to be a particularly attractive candidate as a graphical means for visualising TTCN-3 test cases. Therefore, in addition to the pure textual core language, TTCN-3 also defines a MSC profile called the Graphical Presentation Format for TTCN (GPF). This paper describes some of the main concepts of GPF, its use and application to real test suite examples.
Keywords: 
TTCN-3 MSC
Document Type: 
Articles in Conference Proceedings
Booktitle: 
Proceedings of the 18th International Conference and Ex-position on Testing Computer Software
Address: 
Washington, D.C.
Month: 
6
Year: 
2001
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