How do you test/try to break a Word template?

Subject: How do you test/try to break a Word template?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Edgar D' Souza <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 09:10:42 -0400

Edgar D' Souza wondered: <<Recently, a client told us that a Word (2000) template we had created from them passed their testing ("we tried to break it and couldn't - it's good"). Testing software is something I understand. Testing a template - I'm totally in the dark about that!>>

Testing is testing: What is it supposed to do? Does it do it? Can I try accomplishing each of the "supposed to do" items in a different way that will produce unexpected results? What if I try doing something seemingly logical that the designers didn't plan for?

There's no way to do this rigorously unless you've studied "formal methods", and even then, I'm not confident you can make something truly foolproof. As the saying goes, "nature always evolves a more powerful fool". <g>
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Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca

(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)

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