Module: Watir::Container

Includes:
Exception
Included in:
Element, ElementMapper, Form, Frame, IE, ModalDialog, Table, TableCell
Defined in:
lib/watir/container.rb,
lib/watir/form.rb,
lib/watir/camel_case.rb

Overview

This module contains the factory methods that are used to access most html objects

For example, to access a button on a web page that has the following html

<input type=button name='b1' value='Click Me' onClick='javascript:doSomething()'>

the following watir code could be used to click the button

browser.button(:name, 'b1').click

or to find the name attribute

browser.button(:value, 'Click Me').name

there are many methods available to the Button object – Is includable for classes that have @container, document and ole_inner_elements

Instance Attribute Summary (collapse)

Instance Method Summary (collapse)

Instance Attribute Details

- (Object) activeObjectHighLightColor

The color we want to use for the active object. This can be any valid web-friendly color.



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def activeObjectHighLightColor
  @activeObjectHighLightColor
end

- (Object) page_container

The PageContainer object containing this element



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def page_container
  @page_container
end

- (Object) type_keys

Returns the value of attribute type_keys



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def type_keys
  @type_keys
end

- (Object) typingspeed

This is used to change the typing speed when entering text on a page.



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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 27

def typingspeed
  @typingspeed
end

Instance Method Details

- (Object) area(how, what = nil)

This is the main method for accessing area tags - msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/objects/area.asp?frame=true

*  how   - symbol - how we access the area
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a area object

Typical Usage

browser.area(:id, /list/)                 # access the first area that matches list.
browser.area(:index,2)                    # access the second area on the page
browser.area(:title, "A Picture")         # access a area using the tooltip text. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/properties/title_1.asp?frame=true


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def area(how, what=nil)
  return Area.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) areas

this is the main method for accessing the areas iterator.

Returns a areas object

Typical usage:

browser.areas.each { |s| puts s.to_s }            # iterate through all the areas on the page
browser.areas[1].to_s                             # goto the first area on the page
browser.areas.length                              # show how many areas are on the page.


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 563

def areas
  return Areas.new(self)
end

- (Object) button(how, what = nil)

This is the main method for accessing a button. Often declared as an <input type = submit> tag.

*  how   - symbol - how we access the button, :index, :id, :name etc
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

Returns a Button object.

Typical usage

browser.button(:id,    'b_1')                             # access the button with an ID of b_1
browser.button(:name,  'verify_data')                     # access the button with a name of verify_data
browser.button(:value, 'Login')                           # access the button with a value (the text displayed on the button) of Login
browser.button(:caption, 'Login')                         # same as above
browser.button(:value, /Log/)                             # access the button that has text matching /Log/
browser.button(:index, 2)                                 # access the second button on the page (1 based, so the first button is accessed with :index,1)
browser.button(:class, 'my_custom_button_class')          # access the button with a class of my_custom_button_class
browser.button(:xpath, "//input[@value='Click Me']/")     # access the button with a value of Click Me

Accessing a Button nested within another element

browser.div(:class, 'xyz').button(:index, 2)              # access a div of class xyz, and the 2nd button within that div

If only a single parameter is supplied, then :value is used

browser.button('Click Me')                                # access the button with a value of Click Me


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 215

def button(how, what=nil)
  how, what = process_default :value, how, what
  Button.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) buttons

this is the main method for accessing the buttons iterator. It returns a Buttons object

Typical usage:

browser.buttons.each { |b| puts b.to_s }                   # iterate through all the buttons on the page
browser.buttons[1].to_s                                    # goto the first button on the page
browser.buttons.length                                     # show how many buttons are on the page.


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 227

def buttons
  Buttons.new(self)
end

- (Object) cell(how, what = nil)

this method accesses a table cell. how - symbol - how we access the cell, valid values are

:id       - find the table cell with given id.
:xpath    - find the table cell using xpath query.

returns a TableCell Object



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def cell(how, what=nil)
  TableCell.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) cells



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def cells
  TableCells.new(self)
end

- (Object) checkbox(how, what = nil, value = nil) Also known as: checkBox

This is the main method for accessing a check box. Usually an <input type = checkbox> HTML tag.

*  how   - symbol - how we access the check box - :index, :id, :name etc
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,
*  value - string - when there are multiple objects with different value attributes, this can be used to find the correct object

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a CheckBox object

Typical usage

browser.checkbox(:id, 'send_email')                    # access the check box with an id of send_mail
browser.checkbox(:name, 'send_copy')                   # access the check box with a name of send_copy
browser.checkbox(:name, /n_/)                          # access the first check box whose name matches n_
browser.checkbox(:index, 2)                            # access the second check box on the page (1 based, so the first field is accessed with :index,1)

In many instances, checkboxes on an html page have the same name, but are identified by different values. An example is shown next.

<input type = checkbox name = email_frequency value = 'daily' > Daily Email
<input type = checkbox name = email_frequency value = 'Weekly'> Weekly Email
<input type = checkbox name = email_frequency value = 'monthly'>Monthly Email

Watir can access these using the following:

browser.checkbox(:id, 'day_to_send', 'monday')         # access the check box with an id of day_to_send and a value of monday
browser.checkbox(:name,'email_frequency', 'weekly')    # access the check box with a name of email_frequency and a value of 'weekly'
browser.checkbox(:xpath, "//input[@name='email_frequency' and @value='daily']/")     # access the checkbox with a name of email_frequency and a value of 'daily'


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def checkbox(how, what=nil, value=nil) # should be "check_box" ?
  CheckBox.new(self, how, what, value)
end

- (Object) checkboxes

this is the method for accessing the check boxes iterator. Returns a CheckBoxes object

Typical usage:

browser.checkboxes.each { |c| puts c.to_s }             # iterate through all the check boxes on the page
browser.checkboxes[1].to_s                              # goto the first check box on the page
browser.checkboxes.length                               # show how many check boxes are on the page.


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def checkboxes
  CheckBoxes.new(self)
end

- (Object) dds

this is the main method for accessing the dds iterator. Returns a Dds collection

Typical usage:

browser.dds.each { |d| puts d.to_s }            # iterate through all the dds on the page
browser.dds[1].to_s                             # goto the first dd on the page
browser.dds.length                              # show how many dds are on the page.


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def dds
  Dds.new(self)
end

- (Object) divs

this is the main method for accessing the divs iterator. Returns a Divs collection

Typical usage:

browser.divs.each { |d| puts d.to_s }            # iterate through all the divs on the page
browser.divs[1].to_s                             # goto the first div on the page
browser.divs.length                              # show how many divs are on the page.


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def divs
  Divs.new(self)
end

- (Object) dls

this is the main method for accessing the dls iterator. Returns a Dls collection

Typical usage:

browser.dls.each { |d| puts d.to_s }            # iterate through all the dls on the page
browser.dls[1].to_s                             # goto the first dl on the page
browser.dls.length                              # show how many dls are on the page.


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def dls
  Dls.new(self)
end

- (Object) dts

this is the main method for accessing the dts iterator. Returns a Dts collection

Typical usage:

browser.dts.each { |d| puts d.to_s }            # iterate through all the dts on the page
browser.dts[1].to_s                             # goto the first dt on the page
browser.dts.length                              # show how many dts are on the page.


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def dts
  Dts.new(self)
end

- (Object) element(how, what)

This is the main method for accessing a generic element with a given attibute

*  how   - symbol - how we access the element. Supports all values except :index and :xpath
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns an Watir::Element object

Typical Usage

ie.element(:class, /foo/)      # access the first element with class 'foo'. We can use a string in place of the regular expression
ie.element(:id, "11")          # access the first element that matches an id


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def element(how, what)
  return HTMLElement.new(self, how, what)  
end

- (Object) elements(how, what)

this is the main method for accessing generic html elements by an attribute

Returns a HTMLElements object

Typical usage:

ie.elements(:class, 'test').each { |l| puts l.to_s }  # iterate through all elements of a given attribute
ie.elements(:alt, 'foo')[1].to_s                       # get the first element of a given attribute
ie.elements(:id, 'foo').length                        # show how many elements are foung in the collection


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def elements(how, what)
  return HTMLElements.new(self, how, what)  
end

- (Object) ems

this is the main method for accessing the ems iterator. Returns a Ems collection

Typical usage:

browser.ems.each { |d| puts d.to_s }            # iterate through all the ems on the page
browser.ems[1].to_s                             # goto the first em on the page
browser.ems.length                              # show how many ems are on the page.


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def ems
  Ems.new(self)
end

- (Object) file_field(how, what = nil) Also known as: fileField

This is the main method for accessing a file field. Usually an <input type = file> HTML tag.

*  how   - symbol - how we access the field, valid values are
  :index      - find the file field using index
  :id         - find the file field using id attribute
  :name       - find the file field using name attribute
  :xpath      - find the file field using xpath query
*  what  - string, integer, regular expression, or xpath query - what we are looking for,

returns a FileField object

Typical Usage

browser.file_field(:id,   'up_1')                     # access the file upload field with an ID of up_1
browser.file_field(:name, 'upload')                   # access the file upload field with a name of upload
browser.file_field(:index, 2)                         # access the second file upload on the page (1 based, so the first field is accessed with :index,1)


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def file_field(how, what=nil)
  FileField.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) file_fields

this is the main method for accessing the file_fields iterator. It returns a FileFields object

Typical usage:

browser.file_fields.each { |f| puts f.to_s }            # iterate through all the file fields on the page
browser.file_fields[1].to_s                             # goto the first file field on the page
browser.file_fields.length                              # show how many file fields are on the page.


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def file_fields
  FileFields.new(self)
end

- (Object) form(how, what = nil)

this method is used to access a form. available ways of accessing it are, :index, :name, :id, :method, :action, :xpath

* how    - symbol - What mecahnism we use to find the form, one of 
               the above. NOTE if what is not supplied this parameter is the NAME of the form
* what   - String - the text associated with the symbol

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a Form object



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def form(how, what=nil)
  how, what = process_default :name, how, what
  Form.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) forms



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# File 'lib/watir/form.rb', line 167

def forms
  Forms.new(self)
end

- (Object) frame(how, what = nil)

this method is the main way of accessing a frame

*  how   - how the frame is accessed. This can also just be the name of the frame.
*  what  - what we want to access.

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a Frame object

Typical usage:

browser.frame(:index, 1)
browser.frame(:name, 'main_frame')
browser.frame('main_frame')        # in this case, just a name is supplied


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def frame(how, what=nil)
  how, what = process_default :name, how, what
  Frame.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) hidden(how, what = nil)

This is the main method for accessing a hidden field. Usually an <input type = hidden> HTML tag

*  how   - symbol - how we access the hidden field, :index, :id, :name etc
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a Hidden object

Typical usage

browser.hidden(:id, 'session_id')                 # access the hidden field with an ID of session_id
browser.hidden(:name, 'temp_value')               # access the hidden field with a name of temp_value
browser.hidden(:index, 2)                         # access the second hidden field on the page (1 based, so the first field is accessed with :index,1)
browser.hidden(:xpath, "//input[@type='hidden' and @id='session_value']/")    # access the hidden field with an ID of session_id


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def hidden(how, what=nil)
  Hidden.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) hiddens

this is the method for accessing the hiddens iterator. It returns a Hiddens object

Typical usage:

browser.hiddens.each { |t| puts t.to_s }            # iterate through all the hidden fields on the page
browser.hiddens[1].to_s                             # goto the first hidden field on the page
browser.hiddens.length                              # show how many hidden fields are on the page.


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def hiddens
  Hiddens.new(self)
end

- (Object) image(how, what = nil)

This is the main method for accessing images - normally an <img src="image.gif"> HTML tag.

*  how   - symbol - how we access the image, :index, :id, :name, :src, :title or :alt are supported
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns an Image object

Typical Usage

browser.image(:src, /myPic/)             # access the first image that matches myPic. We can use a string in place of the regular expression
                                    # but the complete path must be used, browser.image(:src, 'http://myserver.com/my_path/my_image.jpg')
browser.image(:index,2)                  # access the second image on the page
browser.image(:alt, "A Picture")         # access an image using the alt text
browser.image(:xpath, "//img[@alt='A Picture']/")    # access an image using the alt text


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def image(how, what=nil)
  Image.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) images

This is the main method for accessing the images collection. Returns an Images object

Typical usage:

browser.images.each { |i| puts i.to_s }            # iterate through all the images on the page
browser.images[1].to_s                             # goto the first image on the page
browser.images.length                              # show how many images are on the page.


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def images
  Images.new(self)
end

- (Object) labels

this is the main method for accessing the labels iterator. It returns a Labels object

Returns a Labels object

Typical usage:

browser.labels.each { |l| puts l.to_s }            # iterate through all the labels on the page
browser.labels[1].to_s                             # goto the first label on the page
browser.labels.length                              # show how many labels are on the page.


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def labels
  Labels.new(self)
end

This is the main method for accessing a link.

*  how   - symbol - how we access the link, :index, :id, :name, :title, :text, :url
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a Link object

Typical Usage

browser.link(:url, /login/)              # access the first link whose url matches login. We can use a string in place of the regular expression
                                    # but the complete path must be used, browser.link(:url, 'http://myserver.com/my_path/login.asp')
browser.link(:index,2)                   # access the second link on the page
browser.link(:title, "Picture")         # access a link using the tool tip
browser.link(:text, 'Click Me')          # access the link that has Click Me as its text
browser.link(:xpath, "//a[contains(.,'Click Me')]/")      # access the link with Click Me as its text


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def link(how, what=nil)
  Link.new(self, how, what)
end

This is the main method for accessing the links collection. Returns a Links object

Typical usage:

browser.links.each { |l| puts l.to_s }            # iterate through all the links on the page
browser.links[1].to_s                             # goto the first link on the page
browser.links.length                              # show how many links are on the page.


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def links
  Links.new(self)
end

- (Object) lis

this is the main method for accessing the lis iterator.

Returns a lis object

Typical usage:

browser.lis.each { |s| puts s.to_s }            # iterate through all the lis on the page
browser.lis[1].to_s                             # goto the first li on the page
browser.lis.length                              # show how many lis are on the page.


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def lis
  return Lis.new(self)
end

- (Object) locate_all_elements(how, what)

returns the the locator object so you can iterate over the elements using #each



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def locate_all_elements(how, what)
  locator = ElementLocator.new(self)
  locator.set_specifier(how, what)
  locator
end

- (Object) locate_input_element(how, what, types, value = nil, klass = nil)

Returns the specified ole object for input elements on a web page.

This method is used internally by Watir and should not be used externally. It cannot be marked as private because of the way mixins and inheritance work in watir

* how - symbol - the way we look for the object. Supported values are
               - :name
               - :id
               - :index
               - :value etc
* what  - string that we are looking for, ex. the name, or id tag attribute or index of the object we are looking for.
* types - what object types we will look at.
* value - used for objects that have one name, but many values. ex. radio lists and checkboxes


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def locate_input_element(how, what, types, value=nil, klass=nil)
  case how
  when :xpath
    return element_by_xpath(what)
  when :ole_object
    return what
  end
  # else:
  
  locator = InputElementLocator.new self, types
  locator.specifier = [how, what, value]
  locator.document = document
  return locator.element if locator.fast_locate
  # todo: restrict search to elements.getElementsByTag('INPUT'); faster
  locator.elements = ole_inner_elements if locator.elements.nil?
  locator.klass = klass if klass 
  locator.locate
end

- (Object) locate_tagged_element(tag, how, what)

returns the ole object for the specified element



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def locate_tagged_element(tag, how, what)
  locator = TaggedElementLocator.new(self, tag)
  locator.set_specifier(how, what)
  locator.locate
end

- (Object) log(what)

Write the specified string to the log.



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def log(what)
  @container.logger.debug(what) if @logger
end

- (Object) map(how, what = nil)

This is the main method for accessing map tags - msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/objects/map.asp?frame=true

*  how   - symbol - how we access the map,
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a map object

Typical Usage

browser.map(:id, /list/)                 # access the first map that matches list.
browser.map(:index,2)                    # access the second map on the page
browser.map(:title, "A Picture")         # access a map using the tooltip text. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/properties/title_1.asp?frame=true


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 517

def map(how, what=nil)
  return Map.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) maps

this is the main method for accessing the maps iterator.

Returns a maps object

Typical usage:

browser.maps.each { |s| puts s.to_s }            # iterate through all the maps on the page
browser.maps[1].to_s                             # goto the first map on the page
browser.maps.length                              # show how many maps are on the page.


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def maps
  return Maps.new(self)
end

Access a modal web dialog, which is a PageContainer, like IE or Frame. Returns a ModalDialog object.

Typical Usage

browser.modal_dialog                  # access the modal dialog of ie
browser.modal_dialog(:title, 'Title') # access the modal dialog by title
browser.modal_dialog.modal_dialog     # access a modal dialog's modal dialog XXX untested!

This method will not work when Watir/Ruby is run under a service (instead of a user). Note: unlike Watir.attach, this returns before the page is assured to have loaded.



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def modal_dialog(how=nil, what=nil)
  ModalDialog.new(self, how, what)
end

This is the main method for accessing JavaScript popups. returns a PopUp object



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def popup         # BUG this should not be on the container object!
  PopUp.new(self)
end

- (Object) pres

this is the main method for accessing the ps iterator.

Returns a Pres object

Typical usage:

browser.pres.each { |pre| puts pre.to_s }        # iterate through all the pre tags on the page
browser.pres[1].to_s                             # goto the first pre tag on the page
browser.pres.length                              # show how many pre tags are on the page.


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def pres
  Pres.new(self)
end

- (Object) ps

this is the main method for accessing the ps iterator.

Returns a Ps object

Typical usage:

browser.ps.each { |p| puts p.to_s }            # iterate through all the p tags on the page
browser.ps[1].to_s                             # goto the first p tag on the page
browser.ps.length                              # show how many p tags are on the page.


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def ps
  Ps.new(self)
end

- (Object) radio(how, what = nil, value = nil)

This is the main method for accessing a radio button. Usually an <input type = radio> HTML tag.

*  how   - symbol - how we access the radio button, :index, :id, :name etc
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,
*  value - string - when  there are multiple objects with different value attributes, this can be used to find the correct object

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a Radio object

Typical usage

browser.radio(:id, 'send_email')                   # access the radio button with an id of currency
browser.radio(:name, 'send_copy')                  # access the radio button with a name of country
browser.radio(:name, /n_/)                        # access the first radio button whose name matches n_
browser.radio(:index, 2)                           # access the second radio button on the page (1 based, so the first field is accessed with :index,1)

In many instances, radio buttons on an html page have the same name, but are identified by different values. An example is shown next.

<input type="radio" name="email_frequency" value="daily">Daily Email</input>
<input type="radio" name="email_frequency" value="weekly">Weekly Email</input>
<input type="radio" name="email_frequency" value="monthly">Monthly Email</input>

Watir can access these using the following:

browser.radio(:id, 'day_to_send', 'monday')         # access the radio button with an id of day_to_send and a value of monday
browser.radio(:name,'email_frequency', 'weekly')     # access the radio button with a name of email_frequency and a value of 'weekly'
browser.radio(:xpath, "//input[@name='email_frequency' and @value='daily']/")     # access the radio button with a name of email_frequency and a value of 'daily'


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 422

def radio(how, what=nil, value=nil)
  Radio.new(self, how, what, value)
end

- (Object) radios

This is the method for accessing the radio buttons iterator. Returns a Radios object

Typical usage:

browser.radios.each { |r| puts r.to_s }            # iterate through all the radio buttons on the page
browser.radios[1].to_s                             # goto the first radio button on the page
browser.radios.length                              # show how many radio buttons are on the page.


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 434

def radios
  Radios.new(self)
end

- (Object) row(how, what = nil)

this method accesses a table row. how - symbol - how we access the row, valid values are

:id       - find the table row with given id.
:xpath    - find the table row using xpath query.

returns a TableRow object



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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 167

def row(how, what=nil)
  TableRow.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) rows



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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 170

def rows
  TableRows.new(self)
end

- (Object) select_list(how, what = nil) Also known as: selectBox

This is the main method for accessing a selection list. Usually a <select> HTML tag.

*  how   - symbol - how we access the selection list, :index, :id, :name etc
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a SelectList object

Typical usage

browser.select_list(:id, 'currency')                   # access the select box with an id of currency
browser.select_list(:name, 'country')                  # access the select box with a name of country
browser.select_list(:name, /n_/)                       # access the first select box whose name matches n_
browser.select_list(:index, 2)                         # access the second select box on the page (1 based, so the first field is accessed with :index,1)
browser.select(:xpath, "//select[@id='currency']/")    # access the select box with an id of currency


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 337

def select_list(how, what=nil)
  SelectList.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) select_lists

this is the method for accessing the select lists iterator. Returns a SelectLists object

Typical usage:

browser.select_lists.each { |s| puts s.to_s }            # iterate through all the select boxes on the page
browser.select_lists[1].to_s                             # goto the first select boxes on the page
browser.select_lists.length                              # show how many select boxes are on the page.


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 348

def select_lists
  SelectLists.new(self)
end

- (Object) set_container(container)

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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 63

def set_container container #:nodoc:
  @container = container 
  @page_container = container.page_container
end

- (Object) show_all_objects

This method shows the available objects on the current page. This is usually only used for debugging or writing new test scripts. This is a nice feature to help find out what HTML objects are on a page when developing a test case using Watir.



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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 783

def show_all_objects
  puts "-----------Objects in page -------------"
  doc = document
  s = ""
  props = ["name", "id", "value", "alt", "src"]
  doc.all.each do |n|
    begin
      s += n.invoke("type").to_s.ljust(16)
    rescue
      next
    end
    props.each do |prop|
      begin
        p = n.invoke(prop)
        s += "  " + "#{prop}=#{p}".to_s.ljust(18)
      rescue
        # this object probably doesnt have this property
      end
    end
    s += "\n"
  end
  puts s
end

- (Object) spans

this is the main method for accessing the spans iterator.

Returns a Spans object

Typical usage:

browser.spans.each { |s| puts s.to_s }            # iterate through all the spans on the page
browser.spans[1].to_s                             # goto the first span on the page
browser.spans.length                              # show how many spans are on the page.


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 676

def spans
  Spans.new(self)
end

- (Object) strongs

this is the main method for accessing the Strongs iterator.

Returns a Strongs object

Typical usage:

browser.strongs.each { |s| puts s.to_s }            # iterate through all the strongs on the page
browser.strongs[1].to_s                             # goto the first strong on the page
browser.strongs.length                              # show how many strongs are on the page.


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 690

def strongs
  return Strongs.new(self)
end

- (Object) table(how, what = nil)

This method is used to get a table from the page. :index (1 based counting) and :id are supported.

NOTE :name is not supported, as the table tag does not have a name attribute. It is not part of the DOM.

:index can be used when there are multiple tables on a page. :xpath can be used to select table using XPath query. The first form can be accessed with :index 1, the second :index 2, etc.

* how   - symbol - how we access the table, :index, :id, :xpath etc
* what  - string the thing we are looking for, ex. id, index or xpath query, of the object we are looking for

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a Table object



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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 133

def table(how, what=nil)
  Table.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) tables

this is the main method for accessing the tables iterator. It returns a Tables object

Typical usage:

browser.tables.each { |t| puts t.to_s }            # iterate through all the tables on the page
browser.tables[1].to_s                             # goto the first table on the page
browser.tables.length                              # show how many tables are on the page. Tables that are nested will be included in this


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 144

def tables
  Tables.new(self)
end

- (Object) text_field(how, what = nil) Also known as: textField

This is the main method for accessing a text field. Usually an <input type=text> HTML tag. or a text area - a <textarea> tag

*  how   - symbol - how we access the field, :index, :id, :name etc
*  what  - string, integer or regular expression - what we are looking for,

Valid values for 'how' are listed in the Watir Wiki - wiki.openqa.org/display/WTR/Methods+supported+by+Element

returns a TextField object

Typical Usage

browser.text_field(:id,   'user_name')                 # access the text field with an ID of user_name
browser.text_field(:name, 'address')                   # access the text field with a name of address
browser.text_field(:index, 2)                          # access the second text field on the page (1 based, so the first field is accessed with :index,1)
browser.text_field(:xpath, "//textarea[@id='user_name']/")    # access the text field with an ID of user_name


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 277

def text_field(how, what=nil)
  TextField.new(self, how, what)
end

- (Object) text_fields

this is the method for accessing the text_fields iterator. It returns a Text_Fields object

Typical usage:

browser.text_fields.each { |t| puts t.to_s }            # iterate through all the text fields on the page
browser.text_fields[1].to_s                             # goto the first text field on the page
browser.text_fields.length                              # show how many text field are on the page.


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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 288

def text_fields
  TextFields.new(self)
end

- (Object) wait(no_sleep = false) Also known as: waitForIE

Wait until Browser has finished loading the page. – called explicitly by most click and set methods



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# File 'lib/watir/container.rb', line 49

def wait(no_sleep=false)
  @container.wait(no_sleep)
end