Using XPather in software testing 

The XPather is a simple Firefox extension that integrates both with the browser and its DOMInspector. Thus, is't very lightweight and cross-platform. It is valuable mainly as a web/XML-app development and hacking tool.
Common Use-cases

    * HTML, XML, *ML – DOM tree navigation, XPath generation
    * Document debugging
    * XPath testing and evaluation

    * Simple data extraction (textual, web-clipping)
    * Pattern recognition, searching


    * DOMInspector navigation toolbar

    * Customizable XPath generation
    * XPath evaluation
    * XPath/Regexp syntax checking
    * Feature rich XPath Browser

    * Relative XPath support
    * Frames, IFrames support
    * Cross-frame XPath evaluation (NEW)
    * Namespaces and default namespaces support (NEW)

    * Cheatsheet
    * Optional RegExp content matching
    * Content extraction tool (text, HTML, WebClip, …)
    * Accessible from DOMi, or browser context menu

Xpather can be used to get the xpath for a text area check box and once you get the xpath you can use it to add "Type" text or select a check box or radio button or verify some text on a web page. You can use xpath in webtest canoo a web testing tool or in Seleniun


Author: Pavandeep Puddupakkam on December 14, 2008
Category: Software Testing
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