[Wtr-development] [JIRA] Commented: (WTR-166) Wait for XHRs and timers to complete before considering the page loaded (either as a configurable option or always on)

Bret Pettichord (JIRA) watirjira at gmail.com
Sun Oct 3 21:44:30 EDT 2010

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Bret Pettichord commented on WTR-166:

I still think we need to add a hook to the wait method. Actually, we have such a hook, in a way, and I've been using it at Convio. It is the "add_checker" method. This adds a method that is run after wait runs, but you could write a method (as I have) that waits for addition shit to happen in the browser before releasing control.

So, I guess we could resolve this just by writing some documentation about how the existing add_checker method could be used to add custom wait logic.

I guess I'm signging up to write this documentation.

> Wait for XHRs and timers to complete before considering the page loaded (either as a configurable option or always on)
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: WTR-166
>                 URL: http://jira.openqa.org/browse/WTR-166
>             Project: Watir
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Wait
>    Affects Versions: 1.5.0/1.5.1
>         Environment: x
>            Reporter: Jeff Fry
>            Priority: Major
>             Fix For: Next
> Watir.wait() listens to whether IE thinks its done loading, and then checks to see that the main document and any sub documents/frames have finished loading. More and more, there are pages that on load also kick off various XHRs and timers. For me - and possibly for a growing number of folks, testing more AJAXy applications - it would be great to expand wait() to check if there are any XHRs or timers pending, in additional to the checks it currently makes. 
> Note, I don't know, but there may be applications where an XHR is intentionally left open at all times. If this happens I would guess that it's rare, but if we change the default behavior of watir.wait() to wait for pending XHRs and timers, we might want to give a config option that turns this off as well.

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