Improving component recognition with a CustomWebResolver

Video Video: 'CustomWebResolver in QF-Test'.

HTML is a very flexible language for describing the content of web pages. But unfortunately there are no real standards with regard to components which should be used to draw a button, a textfield or a table showing data. As a result nearly every framework implements its own way of drawing such components. This means the HTML structure (the so-called DOM tree) looks different for every web framework. In order to allow QF-Test to identify the components as buttons or data-tables etc we need some kind of dictionary. The dictionary should work as a translator for the properties of the HTML components to the QF-Test vocabulary.

QF-Test offers a generic component resolver to be configured freely, the CustomWebResolver, allowing you to adapt the component recognition of QF-Test without too great an effort to the specific needs of your web page.

Before starting to set up test-cases you should check the component recognition and maybe improve it. We recommend the following approach:

  1. Record GUI objects you want to interact with in the test on different web pages of the application.
  2. Check the recorded QF-Test components
    • whether they were mapped to Generic classes,
    • if they have sufficient recognition criteria ('Name' and 'Feature' attributes, qfs:label in 'Extra features'),
    • regarding the depth of the component hierarchy, wie tief die Komponentenhierarchie ist
    • whether complex components such as tables, lists, trees etc have been mapped as such and the subitems were addressed via index.
    • You will find detailed information on the standard recording of web objects and criteria for deciding whether it is sufficent in Recognition of web components and toolkits.
  3. In case you identified weak points, check the respective GUI objects of different web pages trying to identify their characteristic attributes to be mapped to generic QF-Test classes, as well as 'good' attributes for the 'Name' and 'Feature' of the QF-Test component.
  4. Configure the component mapping as described in The procedure installCustomWebResolver.
General configuration
Analyzing a web page
The procedure installCustomWebResolver
installCustomWebResolver - Samples
Mapping of Tables and TreeTables
Mapping of Trees
Mapping of Lists
Mapping of Comboboxes
Mapping of TabPanels and Accordions
Example for WebCarConfigurator