[Wtr-development] browser.link(:href, '/some_relative_path.html') fails on IE

Jarmo jarmo.p at gmail.com
Fri Apr 15 02:22:15 EDT 2011


I think that this is the default behavior of IE and there's nothing we can
do really. Or is there? Jari, remind me, how watir-webdriver works in that
situation. I remember that there was the exact same problem.

Jarmo

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 8:58 AM, Alok Menghrajani <alok at fb.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> It seems IE & firefox don't deal with relative paths in the same way.
>
> Given the following page:
> <html>
>  <body>
>    <a href="/foo.html">hello</a>
>  </body>
> </html>
>
> Here is a comparison of various ways to get the link:
>
> On IE 8:
> - Ie fails with: browser.link(:href, '/foo.html').exists?
>
> - Ie works with: browser.link(:href, /foo.html/).exists?
>
> - Ie works with: browser.link(:xpath, "//a[@href='/foo.html']").exists?
>
> - Ie fails with: browser.element(:xpath, "//a[@href='/foo.html']").exists?
>  Watir::Exception::MissingWayOfFindingObjectException: xpath is an
> unknown way of
>   finding a <*> element (//a[@href='/foo.html'])
>
> - Ie fails with: browser.element_by_xpath("//a[@href='/foo.html']").exists?
>  WIN32OLERuntimeError: unknown property or method `exists?'
>      HRESULT error code:0x80020006
>        Unknown name.
>
>
> On Firefox:
> - firwfox works with: browser.link(:href, '/foo.html').exists?
>
> - firefox works with: browser.link(:href, /foo.html/).exists?
>
> - firefox works with: browser.link(:xpath,
> "//a[@href='/foo.html']").exists?
>
> - firefox fails with: browser.element(:xpath,
> "//a[@href='/foo.html']").exists?
> NoMethodError: undefined method `element' for
> #<FireWatir::Firefox:0x1015426d8>
>
> - firefox works with:
> browser.element_by_xpath("//a[@href='/foo.html']").exists?
>
>
>
> It seems like IE converts the relative url into absolute (at least that's
> what I'm seeing when I do browser.link(:href, /foo.html).to_s. Is there
> any easy way to get the original relative url? It would be nice to fix the
> behavior to be consistent across browsers :)
>
> I do have a unittest for all this. Should I put it in watir/unittests or
> commonwatir/unittests ?
>
> Alok
>
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