>
> *"Yes, I have written about my desire for users not to need to know XPath 
> before: http://watir.com/watir-6-2/#adjacent-element-location 
> <http://watir.com/watir-6-2/#adjacent-element-location>"*


Yes, I have read that, but that doesn't detail much, I am talking about 
explaining what kind of xpath a particular WATIR code would form, So that 
it would be useful, for an example,

If I write 

b.span(id: 'something').click

This one doesn't form any xpath

But this one

b.span(text: 'something').click

and 

b.element(text: 'something').click

creates the below two selenium code with xpath respectively. 

driver.find_element(xpath: "//span[normalize-space()='something']).click

and

driver.find_element(xpath: "//*[normalize-space()='something']).click


So one who knows what WATIR does behind the scene can write the better 
code. And this should be explained in detail. 



On Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 12:23:32 AM UTC+5:30, Titus Fortner wrote:
>
> Yes, I have written about my desire for users not to need to know XPath 
> before: http://watir.com/watir-6-2/#adjacent-element-location
> That framing did not end up in the documentation updates I just made, but 
> likely deserves to be added.
>
> Ideally that one page on element location gets split out into 10 pages 
> (one for each of the unique Watir locators), with thorough exploration of 
> examples and working code. 
> https://github.com/watir/watir.github.io/issues/101
>
> I'm tentatively thinking about pulling in all of the html code we use in 
> our watirspecs onto the website, in order to have static pages to write 
> examples with. We could then copy and paste a lot of existing code in the 
> specs.
>
>
>
>
> On Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:12:54 AM UTC-5, Raja gopalan wrote:
>>
>>
>> Hi Titus,
>>
>> I read your recent document addition in WATIR site, it's looks great for 
>> a new comer. but,
>>
>> I believe one of the biggest area WATIR has the advantage over Selenium 
>> is, It's capacity to eliminate the xpath conversation, but how and when it 
>> happened, it's not explained anywhere, I debugged the WATIR code and 
>> understand it by myself.  So a newcomer might not be aware of such an 
>> wonderful feature. 
>>
>> For an example,
>>
>> WATIR has never go for framing the xpath if the received locator is 
>> available in selenium but it goes to create the xpath  if the given locator 
>> is not available in selenium. And I believe this has to be explained. For 
>> an example, there are some key points has to explained which I cited below, 
>>
>> If I write this code
>>
>> b.span(id: 'something').click
>>
>>
>> it's completely equivalent to writing
>>
>> b.element(id: 'something').click
>>
>>
>> calling span() function useless in this place because as soon as WATIR 
>> sees the id it immediately goes to call the find_element function directly 
>> by taking id locator like given below
>>
>> driver.find_element(id: 'something').click
>>
>> So wrapping up using span is useless here, I agree there are certain 
>> places it's useful when someone wants to call specific function, so in this 
>> case the required receiver is important like
>>
>> b.element(id: 'something').send_keys 'hi'
>>
>> With the above code one can't call set function, unless he calls the 
>> text_field() function like
>>
>> b.text_field(id: 'something').set 'hi'
>>
>>
>> But in most of the cases it's not useful to call such a specific 
>> function, but you may ask me like it anyhow is going to do the same job 
>> then why we need to bother about that? Actually when we invoke this way 
>>
>> b.span(id: 'something').click
>>
>> People might not be knowing the specific importance of calling span 
>> function using WATIR, for an example, WATIR does a amazing Job if it's 
>> called as given below
>>
>> b.span(text: 'something').click
>>
>> Here text locator is not available in selenium so WATIR is going to 
>> create the xpath using the above code like
>>
>> driver.find_element(xpath: "//span[normalize-space()='something']).click
>>
>> Now the importance of calling b.span() becomes very clear and it's not 
>> useless here, but such an important information is not available anywhere 
>> So if it's included in the document, it would be great! 
>>
>> What do you say?
>>
>

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