ISA² interoperability test bed software 1.9.0

2 years ago

Version 1.9.0 of the ISA² interoperability test bed software, based on the GITB CWA specifications, is now released. This release introduces numerous new features and improvements, the most important ones being the support for parallel and background test session execution, and the ability to transfer via export a community's complete configuration across different test bed instances. Apart from these key features, numerous improvements are made also to the self-registration process enabling configuration options such as user restrictions and notifications, and the use of test cases that now support extended documentation and improved result display. Finally, a wide range of enhancements have been made to the test bed's user centricity, including ubiquitous help tooltips, visual feedback for all actions, a context-specific user guide and the possibility to fully manage a user's own information.

This new version is online in the ISA² interoperability test bed service but is also available for you to setup as a standalone instance. If a standalone instance best matches your needs, the following supporting resources are available:

If you are updating from a previous version, please follow the test bed's update guide.

Release Notes - Version 1.9.0

The following list summarises the issues included in this release, classified as bugs, new features and improvements. For more details click the issue key links (requires access to the test bed's issue tracker).


  • [ITB-457] - Invalid map variable references not detected by TDL validator
  • [ITB-475] - Unable to pass a BASE64 encoded string to a binary input variable
  • [ITB-483] - TDL If steps with no visible internal steps appear in test session history display
  • [ITB-527] - Previously executed test diagrams don't display correctly with nested decision blocks
  • [ITB-531] - Test step report items appear clickable even when it is not possible to view them in-context
  • [ITB-532] - Active test session display in session dashboard has mis-aligned buttons
  • [ITB-538] - Changing a community's domain should invalidate all test sessions made under the previous domain
  • [ITB-542] - Problem in confirmation message to delete a system
  • [ITB-543] - Delete button appears for unset conformance statement parameter
  • [ITB-544] - Feedback submission does not include organisation and community of logged in user
  • [ITB-548] - Custom labels fail to display during self-registration when only one public community is defined
  • [ITB-554] - Test Bed administrator unable to provide custom system properties when managing tests for an organisation and creating a new system
  • [ITB-558] - Community administrators should not be allowed to delete their domain
  • [ITB-561] - Binary and secret domain parameters should have a disabled save button when name is missing

New Feature

  • [ITB-189] - Allow test suite test cases to be executed in parallel
  • [ITB-288] - Allow an administrator to export and then import a community or domain setup
  • [ITB-481] - Allow test sessions to continue running in the background
  • [ITB-486] - Allow custom organisation properties to display in self-registration page
  • [ITB-501] - Email community support mailbox upon self-registration of new organisation
  • [ITB-515] - Allow community administrators to restrict self-registration based on the user
  • [ITB-528] - Allow specifications to be defined as hidden
  • [ITB-529] - Support extended documentation for test cases and test suites
  • [ITB-533] - Provide button to refresh the display of active and completed test sessions
  • [ITB-537] - Provide visual feedback after every successful action
  • [ITB-539] - Headless (background) test session execution
  • [ITB-541] - Allow organisation users to monitor and manage their active sessions
  • [ITB-549] - Allow user to fully delete a role assignment
  • [ITB-550] - Allow user to fully remove all role assignments (clear all personal data)
  • [ITB-555] - New processing handler to handle base64 encoding and decoding
  • [ITB-562] - Support sandbox instance creation by automating the import of data from a provided data archive


  • [ITB-223] - Set a community's domain upon creation
  • [ITB-388] - Show report item counts resulting from a verify step (validation)
  • [ITB-389] - Have the user guide link in the UI's footer navigate you to the corresponding section in the user guide
  • [ITB-402] - Allow variable expressions to be defined in placeholders used in test case template files
  • [ITB-410] - Display location description in verify step's report items if not possible to show in editor
  • [ITB-431] - Make skipped test steps more obvious
  • [ITB-456] - Allow assign steps to create variables
  • [ITB-466] - Automatically focus first element in displayed forms
  • [ITB-467] - Allow all forms to be submitted with enter
  • [ITB-471] - Skip the single domain selection for community administrators when managing the domain
  • [ITB-472] - Add help tooltips to all form fields
  • [ITB-477] - Improve display of loop iteration in test session output
  • [ITB-487] - Apply HTTP secure headers
  • [ITB-488] - Enable forward secrecy for Test Bed reverse proxy
  • [ITB-490] - When starting a test session and configuration is missing display only the missing properties
  • [ITB-492] - Restrict the values that can be provided in user inputs
  • [ITB-493] - Clarify the use of the create account link from the welcome page
  • [ITB-526] - Allow Test Bed instances to use SSL and STARTTLS connections for SMTP server access
  • [ITB-536] - Confirm test suite replacement that drops test history
  • [ITB-546] - Animate panels that expand and collapse to better highlight UI changes
  • [ITB-547] - Improve display of toggle button
  • [ITB-551] - Allow a community administrator to remove other community administrators from her community
  • [ITB-552] - Better highlighting for information items in test step reports
  • [ITB-553] - Disable support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in Test Bed reverse proxy
  • [ITB-557] - Show community description for communities available for self-registration
  • [ITB-559] - Hide domain management link for admins of communities with no domain
  • [ITB-560] - Hide unused information on specifications