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Target is used to identify webelement on the webpage

How many types for Locating Elements on the webpage?

Locating by Id / Locating by Name / Locating by XPath / Locating Hyperlinks by Link Text / Locating by CSS

We need to install two addons in firefox before moving forward

Firebug :: Add-ons for Firefox

FirePath :: Add-ons for Firefox

Using this addon we can get all details of webpage.

Locating by Id

Lets go on to WordPress web portal –

We want to find Username textbox element on the webpage using ID of that element

For that start firebug.

use web element inspector to get location of Username element on the webpage.

We get following code for it. in which one attribute  id=”user_login” which is used to identify Username field at run time.

<input type="text" tabindex="10" size="20" value="" class="input" id="user_login" name="log" style="background-color: rgb(251, 251, 251);">

Locating by Name

Using Name of the webelement we get access of that at runtime.

In wordpress example name=”log” 

<input type="text" tabindex="10" size="20" value="" class="input" id="user_login" name="log" style="background-color: rgb(251, 251, 251);">

🙂 Locating by XPath 🙂 

Very useful…………..

For this we will firebug + firepath.

There are two ways of accessing element using xpath:

  1. absolute XPATH
  2. Relative XPATH

On wordpress website we get both as following to identify element




We mostly use identical / relative xpath identify web element on the page.

Locating by XPath

Locating by XPath

Locating by XPath – By finding a nearby element with an id or name attribute (ideally a parent element) you can locate your target element based on the relationship

Locating Hyperlinks by Link Text

 <a title="Password Lost and Found" href="" style="background-color: transparent;">Lost your password?</a>



Locating by CSS

What is CSS?

  • CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets
  • Styles define how to display HTML elements

So in our wordpress example, Login page webelements has given some css

  • class=”input”
<input type="text" tabindex="10" size="20" value="" class="input" id="user_login" name="log" style="background-color: rgb(251, 251, 251);">


If we want to identify webelement using CSS given to it We should enter following values into Target field



<input type="password" tabindex="20" size="20" value="" class="input" id="user_pass" name="pwad">



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