What is the difference between relative and absolute XPath?

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I was using XPath for locating an element and came to know there are two kinds of XPath. Can someone help me distinguish between them and tell me as which of the two is better for testing purpose?
Dec 19, 2018 in Selenium by Jino
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Absolute Xpath: It contains the complete path from the Root Element to the desire element.

Relative Xpath: This is more like starting simply by referencing the element you want and go from the particular location.

You use always the Relative Path for testing of an element. The reason behind that is if you make any architectural change in the website the change won't effect the testing or selecting of the element.

Hope this information was what you were looking for.

answered Dec 19, 2018 by Nabarupa

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