Find.ByXpath workaround for internet explorer

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  1. bruno
    bruno avatar
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    Sep 2010

    Posted 04 Jan 2011 Link to this post


    I am evaluating the WebAii framework.
    I found and issue in xpath related to Internet Explorer.
    I am trying to get a specific table. With firefox/firebug the xpath of that table is "/html/body/table/tbody/tr/td/table/tbody/tr/td/table/tbody/tr[3]/td[2]/table/tbody/tr[3]/td/table/tbody/tr/td/table". In internet explorer that xpath does not works. Returns a null object. I made a search and find out that internet explorer didn't use all the w3c standards for xpath (
    It says:
    "IE5 and later has implemented that [0] should be the first node, but according to the W3C standard it should have been [1]"

    On give us a workaround for this problem:
    "A Workaround!
    To solve the [0] and [1] problem in IE5+, you can set the SelectionLanguage to XPath.
    The following example selects the title of the first book node under the bookstore element:
    xml.selectNodes("/bookstore/book[1]/title"); "

    In WebAii, there is any workaround? Or should I do it in other way?
    The table I want has no name or id. Can't change that. It is defined like this: <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0">.

    EDIT: I am using browser.Find.ByXPath<HtmlControl>(xpath).

    Best Regards,

    Bruno Almeida
  2. Cody
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    3354 posts

    Posted 07 Jan 2011 Link to this post

    Hi bruno,

    One solution we can offer for this problem is to use an IF ELSE block like this:

    if (ActiveBrowser.BrowserType == BrowserType.InternetExplorer)
        // IE specific actions
        // All other browser type actions

    Another solution would be to use a chained find expression that will work for all cases. For example:

    Find.ByExpression<HtmlTable>("tagname=div", "id=outerdiv", "|", "TagIndex=table:3");

    In this example the framework will first find the <div> element that has an id = "outerdiv" then underneath that (that's what the | means) find the 4th <table> element (using 0 based indexing). It will find the 4th without regard to hierarchy/structure. It will be the 4th <table> when the HTML is viewed as one long string.

    Find Expressions are pretty powerful once you learn how to use them. They are documented here.
    Hope that helps.

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