One improtant thing to keep in mind is that Accessibility support doesn’t happen automatically. You have to tell flex you want Accessibility support in your app, and you need to implement it accordingly. Here are all the relevant links regarding Accessibility.
Enabling Application Accessibility
There are multiple ways to enabling application accessibility. See here for details. If you are using flex builder 2 to compile your app, from Flex builder, go to project—>properties —> flex compiler, check the box “generate accessible SWF file”.
Flex Accessibility Best Practices
Flex includes 22 components with built-in accessibility support. But this does not mean you can simply compile you app with accessibility enabled, and your app will meet all the requirement. You need to make sure you have taking care of Controlling Reading Order, Providing Instructions , Ensuring Keyboard Access, Providing Captions, Providing Text Equivalents, and Using Color Wisely.
Using Flex with JAWS
In order to most effectively use the JAWS screen reader with an Adobe Flex application, users must download and install scripts.
1. must have QTP 9.1, flex 2.0.1, IE 6+, and install the QTP plug-in.
2. must recomiple the app in flex 2.0.1 with automation testing libraries.
3. must put the swf and html file to the QTP machine.
4. When testing, access the html(not the swf) file from a browser via web server. don’t open the html from the file system.
- Before you start to test your flex app with QTP, you have to make sure you have all the necessary software installed and configured correctly.
- Make sure you installed QTP 9.1, not 9.0.
- Make sure you installed flex 2.0.1 , and your flex app should be recompiled using flex 2.0.1.
- Make sure you have installed the QTP plug-in. You can download it from our website. You will need to register to login the page first. After you login into the page, scroll down and you will see "Flex Automation Package". From there you can download Flex_Automation.zip. After you unzip the zip file, you can see QTP_Plugin_Installer.exe. Run that exe file and that will install the plugin. Note, To verify if you have installed the plug-in or not, go to your registry, and search for entry of TEAPluginIE.dll and TEAPluginQTP.dll. If those dlls are not in the registry, then your plug-in has not been installed correctly.
- If you have above installation and configuration, but the QTP does not record the flex app, then check the following:
- QTP plug-in is only supported on IE 6+, you need to make sure your browser is using IE 6 or higher version. And your flash player must be version 9.0.28. or higher. To verify your flash player version, request the following link from your testing browser: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_15507
- The flex app you are going to test with QTP must be prepared for automation. You need compile your app with automation testing libraries, such as automation.swc, automation_agent.swc, and qtp.swc, etc. You can compile this via Command-line compiler or flex builder. If you have compiled your flex app in flex 2.0.1 already, and want to Test run-time loading, then you can compile RunTimeLoading. Please follow the instruction step by step described here.
- If you request your flex app from a browser, you have to use the html wrapper file. Do not accessing the swf directly, it needs to be loaded from an object tag with an ID. You can open the wrapper or the SWF file from the file system, but it is not a recommended practice. You should try to deploy the SWF file to a web server and request the html wrapper through HTTP from the server.
See page 13 of Testing Flex Applications with Mercury QuickTest Professional for more details.
- If you still have trouble getting up and running with Flex QTP plugin, you can create a log by following the steps below:
- Go to the mercury installation/bin directory say: "C:\Program Files\Mercury Interactive\QuickTest Professional\bin" and run MicLogSetting.exe .
- Select the log settings as:
Folder:C:\Program Files\Mercury Interactive\QuickTest Professional\
- Run QTP and record a
flex application say flexstore.html
- A log file would have been generated like C:\Program Files\Mercury Interactive\QuickTest Professional\MicLogFile_QTPro_pid1912_11_32_32.html
- Check whether you are seeing the following in the log: “Read Flex environment and matching ProgId TEAPluginQTP.TEAFlexAgentQTP.