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Figuring out how to automate away the pain of routine front-end web testing; the story behind SimplyTestable.com.

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Timeouts. Sometimes they just happen.

Up until very recently, a timeout when trying to perform a HTML validation test for a URL would leave the test stuck as being in progress. This prevented the full site-wide test from ever showing as 100% complete, often getting stuck at 90-something percent.

Timeouts join a collection of three new test failure situations supported:

  • Retrieval timeouts: a timeout when retrieving the HTML of a page when trying to test it

  • DNS lookup timeouts: a timeout when trying to resolve the domain of a URL

  • Malformed URLs: sometimes a URL can't work as it is just not quite made correctly

In any of the above three cases a test will be marked as failed and when viewing the results of a test you'll get a brief description of why the test could not happen.