One of our developers has been trying to make clearer hooks for my
WATIR development efforts.  We're testing a theory using custom tags
to see if I can access elements, and after following the advice here
and on Zeljko's blog, I'm running into an interesting issue.

These examples are not in an exact or necessarily logical order - I
only have a few minutes to type this up.

Example page code:
<form action="#" method="post" qa="request-form">
<input qa="request-form.first_name" name="first_name" class="default-
text" title="First" style="width: 75px;"/>

To access these elements, I have had success with the following to
verify that it exists and Watir can access the element normally
@ie.form(:index, 1)
@ie.text_field(:title, /First/)

However, when I try attribute_value and xpath, I'm getting Nil as the
result, or a UFO error.
@ie.form(:index, 1).attribute_value("qa")
@ie.text_field(:xpath, "//inp...@qa='request.first_name']/")

Am I using this incorrectly?

Thanks!

Watir 1.6.5
ruby 1.8.6 (2007-09-24 patchlevel 111) [i386-mswin32]

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