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  1. Add "mic open" indicator to ASK Test simulator

    Mics opening and closing happens silently, and I would be surprised to find that the wrong status is the cause of quite a few submission failures. It would be great to have an indicator in the test simulator panel that show the open/closed status of the mic. Also save heaps of testing time.

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  2. Choose a specific Alexa Device in the Skill Test Simulator

    There are a lot of different Alexa devices that support different interfaces. The Echo Show has a screen and supports the Display interface. The Echo Auto supports the Geolocation interface. The Alexa app on a smartphone supports the Navigation interface.

    For skills that make use of interfaces like these, it would be helpful if you could select a specific Alexa device from a dropdown list in the Skill Test Simulator and get a request envelope that more closely matches what that device will actually send.

    5 votes
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  3. Provide header information on Alexa Developer Console Test page

    Alexa Developer Console Test page should include request header information to aid debugging and testing of request verification and validation requirements.

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  4. See how styles affect component layout in APL

    It would be useful to see why elements are positioned as they are in the simulator. Suggestions:
    1. A feature to view the applied styles on each element, especially padding properties and the alignment properties of containers.
    2. A feature to show the outlines of elements, especially invisible elements such containers.

    1 vote
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  5. Mock address during testing

    I am developing a skill that geocodes the customer address to look up data other locations. It is difficult to simulate the address in the alexa dev console and via the ask cli via the dialog command. I have to hard code values and remove them when accessing the skill from a real device. The alexa console allows me to grant permissions to the address. I think in that same area, I should be able to fill in test data.

    5 votes
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  6. Testing ALEXA APL features

    I can not test skills that contain ALEXA APL beta features fully. My only way of interaction with skill is over voice. I do not get the feature of clicking " on the screen ".

    5 votes
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  8. Automatically clear Alexa Tester's cache after renaming a skill

    After changing invocation name, cache for Alexa Simulator should be cleared automatically without triggering switch "Enable / Disable test for this skill" to save new developer's time to figure out why it's not invoking renamed skill

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  9. About repetitive input

    We repeatedly input the same sentence from the keyboard and test it. For example, if you can easily select what you entered in the past with the arrow keys on your keyboard, you will be more convenient, we would like to add that function.

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  10. larger input box for testing alexa skills

    Give us more room to type input on the Test window for alexa skills.

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  11. Make Alexa Test Console actually work

    Make the Alexa Skill Test console actually work

    3 votes
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  12. Improve developer support

    When testing a Skill I recived this messsage "Claro, pero primero debes pedirle a uno de tus padres que abra la app Alexa de su teléfono y active las Skills infantiles." Since I am in spain there is no alexa app available on the marketplace, and the link to manage it on amazon website seem to work only in amazon.com
    Any ideas how should I debug my skill in spain.

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  13. Add temperature unit switch (C, F)

    I have a smart thermostat skill. Thermostat can be switched to Celsius or Fahrenheit to cater for thermostat users in different countries. To test skill using skill test simulator I need simulator entirely to be switched to C or F for all requests and responses, just same as behavior of Echo Dot when switched to C or F.

    2 votes
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  14. Missing scrollbar in Simulator

    Please bring the scrollbar back to the alexa simulator. It dissapered today.

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  15. BUG: Echo Spot preview Background image squished instead of cut like on the actual Device

    Echo Spot preview Background image is getting squished instead of cut. I did this https://i.imgur.com/FMt1tUl.png template. It matches both devices very closely, but in the simulator preview the whole image is displayed in a squished state to match the circular shape of the spot.

    3 votes
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  16. Link account for testing

    I want to test my skill as a logged in user. My skill provides differnt results depending on the current user. The test simulator does not support at all to define an user or at least an token to identify a user.

    The reason I want that is byside that I can test as a signed in user, that I can inspect the resulting response JSON, without creating the request JSON by hand.

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  17. Allow testing audios

    Currently the test simulator doesn't play the audios that come back from the skill so we can't confirm they're working OK. Please include this feature and make the sounds included in the responses to be played in the simulator.

    6 votes
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  18. Add Command history to text input

    Create a command history. It would be nice that when you hover into the input for typing messages to alexa if you hit the up arrow it will bring you your latest command, a similar feature that you can find in the mac terminal

    16 votes
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  19. Bring back test button and for the command not to disappear when you hit enter

    Here's the problem I have with the new Alexa Simulator: I have had ALS for 11+ years. When sitting at my computer desk, I'm only able to control the mouse with my hand and nothing else. I run a duel monitor set up and usually have the left monitor on PC and the right monitor on Direct TV.

    When home alone, I’m unable to use the remote which is really annoying. So I found a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUdS6siT0zY) it’s an echo skill for Direct TV. Now, I’m finally able to control the TV either through the simulator or…

    2 votes
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  20. Tool to Generating Requests

    For testing backends, it would be nice to create a utility that can generate Alexa requests. I envision it having the form:

    {slot:literal}

    for instance,
    open the {room:kitchen}{device:light}

    and based on the language model, the tool would generate the appropriate JSON request.

    2 votes
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