I am n00b to watir and I'm testing a web app that uses extjs. The app has a main menu with several items that have sub items. One of the main menu items has the same text as one of its submenus. In watir webdriver I have this code:
jobs_menu = d.p(:text => "Jobs") jobs_menu.when_present.flash jobs_menu.click jobs_submenu_item = d.a(:text => "Jobs") jobs_submenu_item.when_present.flash jobs_submenu_item.click
This is supposed to flash and click the first menu and cause the submenu to drop. Then it should flash and click the submenu item. I get 3 results in 3 different browsers with this:
Firefox - 1st menu flashes and drops, submenu item flashes, but does not get clicked
Chrome - 1st menu flashes and drops, submenu item flashes and clicks OK - yay!
IE - 1st menu flashes and drops, then it goes away and the submenu item cannot be found with ElementNotVisibleError
Interesting to note for a different menu where the drop down text is different than the submenu text then Firefox and Chrome both work OK. IE still gives the ElementNotVisibleError.
How can I get this to work the same in all 3 browsers?
In some cases the display of menus does not require a click, and can be triggered by mousing over the menu. In that case it might work to try .hover instead of .click to get the menu to appear.
A problem with a lot of these custom controls is that they work differently on different browsers, which means your automation code MAY have to take that into account, this is the downside to custom controls like this and not using basic HTML elements