In compiling this glossary the working party has sought the views and comments of as broad a spectrum of opinion as possible in industry, commerce and government bodies and organizations, with the aim of producing an international testing standard which would gain acceptance in as wide a field as possible. Total agreement will rarely, if ever, be achieved in compiling a document of this nature. Contributions to this glossary have been received from the testing communities in Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA. Many (software) testers have used BS 7925-1 since its original publication in 1998. It has served also as a major reference for the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB) qualification at both Foundation and Practitioner level. The standard was initially developed with a bias towards component testing, but, since its publication, many comments and proposals for new definitions have been submitted to both improve and expand the standard to cover a wider range of software testing. The ISTQB testing glossary has incorporated many of these suggested updates. It is used as a reference document for the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) software testing qualification scheme.