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Quote Suparna Replybullet Topic: difference between usability and userinterface tes
    Posted: 14May2007 at 5:58am
GUI testing is functional testing - ensuring that all interactions, navigation, links, pop-ups, content, etc all work as required. Every aspect of the interface must be tested and this can usually be done by developing tests based on your product's functional requirements (if these are documented).

Usability testing is non-functional testing, which involves testing against non-functional requirements such as standards or development guidelines. These non-functional requirements place certain design contraints on the development activity, but don't actually explicitly state how the product should function.

Usability requirements are typically based around some popular guidelines, such as Nielsen's "Ten Heuristics" or Schneiderman's "Eight Golden Rules". These will typically be things like design consistency, ease of use, informative feedback, easy reversal of actions and learnability - all things that you should test by observing actual user behaviour in the field, not by a tester from your company.

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