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3/10/2004
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Fred Langa
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The Explorer: Open For Business: BT2K's Final Version

"Level One" Tests
BT2K will start by looking at five common browser trouble spots -- the areas that most often signal that something's gone wrong with normal browser operation. These preliminary, very basic tests take only two to five minutes, and ensure that your browser's core functions are at least minimally OK.

There's no point in doing any detailed tests if your browser can't successfully complete at least the Level One tests. Therefore, the Level One tests are mandatory before running either of the other Levels.

If your browser passes the five preliminary tests you then can run either or both of the next two levels, or exit the tests. "Level Two" Tests
The "BT2K Two-Minute Torture Test" is even more streamlined than earlier versions you may have seen: It's now a super-fast, highly automated series of diagnostic tests that takes just minutes to run. It quickly examines about 50 separate elements of your browser, focusing on the two-dozen most-common browser trouble spots, including slow throughput. To the largest degree possible the tests are self-running with automatic scoring of the test results.

This section of BT2K also automatically tests your browser's throughput -- how fast (or slow!) your browser pulls data from the Web. In seconds, with just one click, BT2K will run your browser through a series of nine separate timing tests using three different servers. BT2K will then automatically calculate the results, diagnose any problems, and suggest solutions for you!

In all, the Torture Test thoroughly exercises many of the most-commonly-used features and functions of your browser. If your browser successfully completes the torture test, you can have high confidence that all your browser's most important functions and features are working properly.

At the end of Level Two, you'll get a free written analysis (via spam-proof e-mail) of your browser's performance!

After running Level Two, you may exit the tests or go onto Level Three:

"Level Three" Tests
The Level Three "BT2K Full Test Suite" lets you examine any or all of BT2K's detailed, incredibly thorough additional tests. Go as deep or as shallow as you wish: You can test anywhere from one to more than 300 separate features and functions of your browser with automatic scoring of the test results! You can use these tests to zero in on a specific problem uncovered by the Two-Minute Torture Test, or to explore all your browser has to offer, or to ensure that everything -- and I mean everything -- is working OK.

And these tests now run completely separately from the Level Two automated tests, so problems with the automated tests won't cause any problems with the detailed tests.

You may run anywhere from one to all of Level Three's tests; you also can exit the tests at any time.

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