Tuesday, 10 May 2016

How To Highlight Locators In WebDriver Test Cases

It's likely that you'll run into odd test behavior that makes you question the locators you're using in a test. But how do you interrogate your locators to make sure they are doing what you expect?
By leveraging some simple JavaScript and CSS styling, you can highlight a targeted element on the page so you can visually inspect it to make sure it's the one you want.

import org.junit.After;
import org.junit.Before;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.JavascriptExecutor;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;

public class HighlightElement {
    WebDriver driver;
    JavascriptExecutor js;

    public void setUp() throws Exception {
        driver = new FirefoxDriver();
        js = (JavascriptExecutor) driver;
    public void tearDown() throws Exception {
// filename: HighlightElement.java
    private void highlightElement(WebElement element, int duration) throws InterruptedException {
        String original_style = element.getAttribute("style");

                "arguments[0].setAttribute(arguments[1], arguments[2])",
                "border: 2px solid red; border-style: dashed;");

        if (duration > 0) {
            Thread.sleep(duration * 1000);
                    "arguments[0].setAttribute(arguments[1], arguments[2])",
    public void highlightElementTest() throws InterruptedException {
        WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.id("sibling-2.3"));
        highlightElement(element, 3);

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