Need some advise on the preferred element locators with Selenium WebDriver

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Even though I am aware of how to search for the different elements on a page in Selenium Webdriver, i'm not sure which are the best techniques and want an idea of the hierarchy for element locators for web page testing with Selenium. Such as Xpath vs cssSelector vs ID vs others....knowing this will let me build my test cases the correct way so that they run as quickly as possible.
Apr 13, 2018 in Selenium by kappa3010
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Well let's not call it "Hierarchy". But, yea there are certain techniques which are more preferred.
For simplicity sake, you can use By.iD() or By.name().
But a lof times, these locators might not be supported by the HTML tags in all web pages.

So, at such times you might want to use By.xpath() and By.cssSelector().
XPath is the defacto standard for locating elements...but its a little complicated and might require you to use tools like Firebug or Firepath to get the XPath. cssSelector is the other best option. These two techniques will help you locate the elements guaranteed. No doubts.

Besides them you can use other techniques like By.className() or By.tagName() or By.linkText() or By.partialLinkText(). These should certainy work.
answered Apr 13, 2018 by king_kenny
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