Context XML

A Context is a core concept in the BaselineTest approach. A Context is defines an environment, arguments, and input data files that are inherited by any Suite that references it. The "name" of a context is derived from the directory it lives in. For example, let's say we have a "simple" context folder with a context.xml in it.

The reason we don't name the XML file after the context is that we can put data files in the context as well, and the suites and test cases can reference (i.e. share) them.

An example context.xml is shown below:

A TestContext is used to setup the execution environment for an
entire TestSuite. In general, a TestContext can also be reused 
across many different TestSuites. The appropriate level of detail 
in a context or set of related contexts could be a configurable 
resource such as a database, a webserver, etc.
    Every Context can define a single "environment" element 
    that lists a set of environment variables to be defined for 
    every Suite that is executed under this Context. In 
    the current implementation, each arg under an environment is 
    set as a Java System Property before the Suite is executed.
        Each "arg" is a single argument that will be used to 
        initialize a Java System Property. An "arg" requires a 
        "name" attribute and a "Parsed Character DATA" section 
        between its start and end tags. All of these arguments 
        will be Strings.
    Every Context can also define a set of read-only arguments. 
    These will be shared among all Suites that run under this 
    Context. Every arg requires a "name" attribute and a 
    "Parsed Character DATA" section between its start and end tags. 
    There is an optional "type" attribute that can be used to specify 
    the data type.
    Currently supported types include:
        <!-- context-level arguments. -->