How do you verify the results of your search on search results page?

There are times when the search query will provide with results. However, these results should be verified to ensure that the search option functions as it should.

In order to verify the results of the search on search results page, one must first know where the data is coming from. Is it from a database, or from some XML files from 3rd party websites? Depending on this, the search results can then just be cross referenced with the original source, i.e. the database or XML files.

Another option is to use mocks to generate the data. Hence, the tester can fully be in control of the data that is visible on the search results page.

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