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zope.testbrowser 3.4.2

Programmable browser for functional black-box tests

Latest Version: 4.0.4

zope.testbrowser provides an easy-to-use programmable web browser with special focus on testing. It is used in Zope, but it's not Zope specific at all. For instance, it can be used to test or otherwise interact with any web site.

Detailed Documentation

The zope.testbrowser.browser module exposes a Browser class that simulates a web browser similar to Mozilla Firefox or IE.

>>> from zope.testbrowser.browser import Browser
>>> browser = Browser()

This version of the browser object can be used to access any web site just as you would do using a normal web browser.

There is also a special version of the Browser class used to do functional testing of Zope 3 applications, it can be imported from zope.testbrowser.testing:

>>> from zope.testbrowser.testing import Browser
>>> browser = Browser()

An initial page to load can be passed to the Browser constructor:

>>> browser = Browser('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html')
>>> browser.url
'http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html'

The browser can send arbitrary headers; this is helpful for setting the "Authorization" header or a language value, so that your tests format values the way you expect in your tests, if you rely on zope.i18n locale-based formatting or a similar approach.

>>> browser.addHeader('Authorization', 'Basic mgr:mgrpw')
>>> browser.addHeader('Accept-Language', 'en-US')

An existing browser instance can also open web pages:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html')
>>> browser.url
'http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html'

Once you have opened a web page initially, best practice for writing testbrowser doctests suggests using 'click' to navigate further (as discussed below), except in unusual circumstances.

The test browser complies with the IBrowser interface; see zope.testbrowser.interfaces for full details on the interface.

>>> from zope.testbrowser import interfaces
>>> from zope.interface.verify import verifyObject
>>> verifyObject(interfaces.IBrowser, browser)
True

Page Contents

The contents of the current page are available:

>>> print browser.contents
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Simple Page</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h1>Simple Page</h1>
  </body>
</html>

Making assertions about page contents is easy.

>>> '<h1>Simple Page</h1>' in browser.contents
True

Utilizing the doctest facilities, it also possible to do:

>>> browser.contents
'...<h1>Simple Page</h1>...'

Note: Unfortunately, ellipsis (...) cannot be used at the beginning of the output (this is a limitation of doctest).

Checking for HTML

Not all URLs return HTML. Of course our simple page does:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html')
>>> browser.isHtml
True

But if we load an image (or other binary file), we do not get HTML:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/zope3logo.gif')
>>> browser.isHtml
False

HTML Page Title

Another useful helper property is the title:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html')
>>> browser.title
'Simple Page'

If a page does not provide a title, it is simply None:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/notitle.html')
>>> browser.title

However, if the output is not HTML, then an error will occur trying to access the title:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/zope3logo.gif')
>>> browser.title
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
BrowserStateError: not viewing HTML

Headers

As you can see, the contents of the browser does not return any HTTP headers. The headers are accessible via a separate attribute, which is an httplib.HTTPMessage instance (httplib is a part of Python's standard library):

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html')
>>> browser.headers
<httplib.HTTPMessage instance...>

The headers can be accessed as a string:

>>> print browser.headers
Status: 200 OK
Content-Length: 123
Content-Type: text/html;charset=utf-8
X-Powered-By: Zope (www.zope.org), Python (www.python.org)

Or as a mapping:

>>> browser.headers['content-type']
'text/html;charset=utf-8'

Other Navigation

Like in any normal browser, you can reload a page:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html')
>>> browser.url
'http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html'
>>> browser.reload()
>>> browser.url
'http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html'

You can also go back:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/notitle.html')
>>> browser.url
'http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/notitle.html'
>>> browser.goBack()
>>> browser.url
'http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html'

Controls

One of the most important features of the browser is the ability to inspect and fill in values for the controls of input forms. To do so, let's first open a page that has a bunch of controls:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/controls.html')

Obtaining a Control

You look up browser controls with the 'getControl' method. The default first argument is 'label', and looks up the form on the basis of any associated label.

>>> control = browser.getControl('Text Control')
>>> control
<Control name='text-value' type='text'>
>>> browser.getControl(label='Text Control') # equivalent
<Control name='text-value' type='text'>

If you request a control that doesn't exist, the code raises a LookupError:

>>> browser.getControl('Does Not Exist')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
LookupError: label 'Does Not Exist'

If you request a control with an ambiguous lookup, the code raises an AmbiguityError.

>>> browser.getControl('Ambiguous Control')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AmbiguityError: label 'Ambiguous Control'

This is also true if an option in a control is ambiguous in relation to the control itself.

>>> browser.getControl('Sub-control Ambiguity')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AmbiguityError: label 'Sub-control Ambiguity'

Ambiguous controls may be specified using an index value. We use the control's value attribute to show the two controls; this attribute is properly introduced below.

>>> browser.getControl('Ambiguous Control', index=0)
<Control name='ambiguous-control-name' type='text'>
>>> browser.getControl('Ambiguous Control', index=0).value
'First'
>>> browser.getControl('Ambiguous Control', index=1).value
'Second'
>>> browser.getControl('Sub-control Ambiguity', index=0)
<ListControl name='ambiguous-subcontrol' type='select'>
>>> browser.getControl('Sub-control Ambiguity', index=1).optionValue
'ambiguous'

Label searches are against stripped, whitespace-normalized, no-tag versions of the text. Text applied to searches is also stripped and whitespace normalized. The search finds results if the text search finds the whole words of your text in a label. Thus, for instance, a search for 'Add' will match the label 'Add a Client' but not 'Address'. Case is honored.

>>> browser.getControl('Label Needs Whitespace Normalization')
<Control name='label-needs-normalization' type='text'>
>>> browser.getControl('label needs whitespace normalization')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
LookupError: label 'label needs whitespace normalization'
>>> browser.getControl(' Label  Needs Whitespace    ')
<Control name='label-needs-normalization' type='text'>
>>> browser.getControl('Whitespace')
<Control name='label-needs-normalization' type='text'>
>>> browser.getControl('hitespace')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
LookupError: label 'hitespace'
>>> browser.getControl('[non word characters should not confuse]')
<Control name='non-word-characters' type='text'>

Multiple labels can refer to the same control (simply because that is possible in the HTML 4.0 spec).

>>> browser.getControl('Multiple labels really')
<Control name='two-labels' type='text'>
>>> browser.getControl('really are possible')
<Control name='two-labels' type='text'>
>>> browser.getControl('really') # OK: ambiguous labels, but not ambiguous control
<Control name='two-labels' type='text'>

A label can be connected with a control using the 'for' attribute and also by containing a control.

>>> browser.getControl(
...     'Labels can be connected by containing their respective fields')
<Control name='contained-in-label' type='text'>

Get also accepts one other search argument, 'name'. Only one of 'label' and 'name' may be used at a time. The 'name' keyword searches form field names.

>>> browser.getControl(name='text-value')
<Control name='text-value' type='text'>
>>> browser.getControl(name='ambiguous-control-name')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AmbiguityError: name 'ambiguous-control-name'
>>> browser.getControl(name='does-not-exist')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
LookupError: name 'does-not-exist'
>>> browser.getControl(name='ambiguous-control-name', index=1).value
'Second'

Combining 'label' and 'name' raises a ValueError, as does supplying neither of them.

>>> browser.getControl(label='Ambiguous Control', name='ambiguous-control-name')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
ValueError: Supply one and only one of "label" and "name" as arguments
>>> browser.getControl()
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
ValueError: Supply one and only one of "label" and "name" as arguments

Radio and checkbox fields are unusual in that their labels and names may point to different objects: names point to logical collections of radio buttons or checkboxes, but labels may only be used for individual choices within the logical collection. This means that obtaining a radio button by label gets a different object than obtaining the radio collection by name. Select options may also be searched by label.

>>> browser.getControl(name='radio-value')
<ListControl name='radio-value' type='radio'>
>>> browser.getControl('Zwei')
<ItemControl name='radio-value' type='radio' optionValue='2' selected=True>
>>> browser.getControl('One')
<ItemControl name='multi-checkbox-value' type='checkbox' optionValue='1' selected=True>
>>> browser.getControl('Tres')
<ItemControl name='single-select-value' type='select' optionValue='3' selected=False>

Characteristics of controls and subcontrols are discussed below.

Control Objects

Controls provide IControl.

>>> ctrl = browser.getControl('Text Control')
>>> ctrl
<Control name='text-value' type='text'>
>>> verifyObject(interfaces.IControl, ctrl)
True

They have several useful attributes:

  • the name as which the control is known to the form:

    >>> ctrl.name
    'text-value'
    
  • the value of the control, which may also be set:

    >>> ctrl.value
    'Some Text'
    >>> ctrl.value = 'More Text'
    >>> ctrl.value
    'More Text'
    
  • the type of the control:

    >>> ctrl.type
    'text'
    
  • a flag describing whether the control is disabled:

    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    
  • and a flag to tell us whether the control can have multiple values:

    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    

Additionally, controllers for select, radio, and checkbox provide IListControl. These fields have four other attributes and an additional method:

>>> ctrl = browser.getControl('Multiple Select Control')
>>> ctrl
<ListControl name='multi-select-value' type='select'>
>>> ctrl.disabled
False
>>> ctrl.multiple
True
>>> verifyObject(interfaces.IListControl, ctrl)
True
  • 'options' lists all available value options.

    >>> ctrl.options
    ['1', '2', '3']
    
  • 'displayOptions' lists all available options by label. The 'label' attribute on an option has precedence over its contents, which is why our last option is 'Third' in the display.

    >>> ctrl.displayOptions
    ['Un', 'Deux', 'Third']
    
  • 'displayValue' lets you get and set the displayed values of the control of the select box, rather than the actual values.

    >>> ctrl.value
    []
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    []
    >>> ctrl.displayValue = ['Un', 'Deux']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Un', 'Deux']
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['1', '2']
    
  • 'controls' gives you a list of the subcontrol objects in the control (subcontrols are discussed below).

    >>> ctrl.controls
    [<ItemControl name='multi-select-value' type='select' optionValue='1' selected=True>,
     <ItemControl name='multi-select-value' type='select' optionValue='2' selected=True>,
     <ItemControl name='multi-select-value' type='select' optionValue='3' selected=False>]
    
  • The 'getControl' method lets you get subcontrols by their label or their value.

    >>> ctrl.getControl('Un')
    <ItemControl name='multi-select-value' type='select' optionValue='1' selected=True>
    >>> ctrl.getControl('Deux')
    <ItemControl name='multi-select-value' type='select' optionValue='2' selected=True>
    >>> ctrl.getControl('Trois') # label attribute
    <ItemControl name='multi-select-value' type='select' optionValue='3' selected=False>
    >>> ctrl.getControl('Third') # contents
    <ItemControl name='multi-select-value' type='select' optionValue='3' selected=False>
    >>> browser.getControl('Third') # ambiguous in the browser, so useful
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    ...
    AmbiguityError: label 'Third'
    

Finally, submit controls provide ISubmitControl, and image controls provide IImageSubmitControl, which extents ISubmitControl. These both simply add a 'click' method. For image submit controls, you may also provide a coordinates argument, which is a tuple of (x, y). These submit the forms, and are demonstrated below as we examine each control individually.

ItemControl Objects

As introduced briefly above, using labels to obtain elements of a logical radio button or checkbox collection returns item controls, which are parents. Manipulating the value of these controls affects the parent control.

>>> browser.getControl(name='radio-value').value
['2']
>>> browser.getControl('Zwei').optionValue # read-only.
'2'
>>> browser.getControl('Zwei').selected
True
>>> verifyObject(interfaces.IItemControl, browser.getControl('Zwei'))
True
>>> browser.getControl('Ein').selected = True
>>> browser.getControl('Ein').selected
True
>>> browser.getControl('Zwei').selected
False
>>> browser.getControl(name='radio-value').value
['1']
>>> browser.getControl('Ein').selected = False
>>> browser.getControl(name='radio-value').value
[]
>>> browser.getControl('Zwei').selected = True

Checkbox collections behave similarly, as shown below.

Controls with subcontrols--

Various Controls

The various types of controls are demonstrated here.

  • Text Control

    The text control we already introduced above.

  • Password Control

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl('Password Control')
    >>> ctrl
    <Control name='password-value' type='password'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    'Password'
    >>> ctrl.value = 'pass now'
    >>> ctrl.value
    'pass now'
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    
  • Hidden Control

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl(name='hidden-value')
    >>> ctrl
    <Control name='hidden-value' type='hidden'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    'Hidden'
    >>> ctrl.value = 'More Hidden'
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    
  • Text Area Control

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl('Text Area Control')
    >>> ctrl
    <Control name='textarea-value' type='textarea'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    '        Text inside\n        area!\n      '
    >>> ctrl.value = 'A lot of\n text.'
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    
  • File Control

    File controls are used when a form has a file-upload field. To specify data, call the add_file method, passing:

    • A file-like object
    • a content type, and
    • a file name
    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl('File Control')
    >>> ctrl
    <Control name='file-value' type='file'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value is None
    True
    >>> import cStringIO
    
    >>> ctrl.add_file(cStringIO.StringIO('File contents'),
    ...               'text/plain', 'test.txt')
    

    The file control (like the other controls) also knows if it is disabled or if it can have multiple values.

    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    
  • Selection Control (Single-Valued)

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl('Single Select Control')
    >>> ctrl
    <ListControl name='single-select-value' type='select'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IListControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['1']
    >>> ctrl.value = ['2']
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    >>> ctrl.options
    ['1', '2', '3']
    >>> ctrl.displayOptions
    ['Uno', 'Dos', 'Third']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Dos']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue = ['Tres']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Third']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue = ['Dos']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Dos']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue = ['Third']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Third']
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['3']
    
  • Selection Control (Multi-Valued)

    This was already demonstrated in the introduction to control objects above.

  • Checkbox Control (Single-Valued; Unvalued)

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl(name='single-unvalued-checkbox-value')
    >>> ctrl
    <ListControl name='single-unvalued-checkbox-value' type='checkbox'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IListControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    True
    >>> ctrl.value = False
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    True
    >>> ctrl.options
    [True]
    >>> ctrl.displayOptions
    ['Single Unvalued Checkbox']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    []
    >>> verifyObject(
    ...     interfaces.IItemControl,
    ...     browser.getControl('Single Unvalued Checkbox'))
    True
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Unvalued Checkbox').optionValue
    'on'
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Unvalued Checkbox').selected
    False
    >>> ctrl.displayValue = ['Single Unvalued Checkbox']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Single Unvalued Checkbox']
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Unvalued Checkbox').selected
    True
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Unvalued Checkbox').selected = False
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Unvalued Checkbox').selected
    False
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    []
    >>> browser.getControl(
    ...     name='single-disabled-unvalued-checkbox-value').disabled
    True
    
  • Checkbox Control (Single-Valued, Valued)

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl(name='single-valued-checkbox-value')
    >>> ctrl
    <ListControl name='single-valued-checkbox-value' type='checkbox'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IListControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['1']
    >>> ctrl.value = []
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    True
    >>> ctrl.options
    ['1']
    >>> ctrl.displayOptions
    ['Single Valued Checkbox']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    []
    >>> verifyObject(
    ...     interfaces.IItemControl,
    ...     browser.getControl('Single Valued Checkbox'))
    True
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Valued Checkbox').selected
    False
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Valued Checkbox').optionValue
    '1'
    >>> ctrl.displayValue = ['Single Valued Checkbox']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Single Valued Checkbox']
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Valued Checkbox').selected
    True
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Valued Checkbox').selected = False
    >>> browser.getControl('Single Valued Checkbox').selected
    False
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    []
    
  • Checkbox Control (Multi-Valued)

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl(name='multi-checkbox-value')
    >>> ctrl
    <ListControl name='multi-checkbox-value' type='checkbox'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IListControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['1', '3']
    >>> ctrl.value = ['1', '2']
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    True
    >>> ctrl.options
    ['1', '2', '3']
    >>> ctrl.displayOptions
    ['One', 'Two', 'Three']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['One', 'Two']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue = ['Two']
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['2']
    >>> browser.getControl('Two').optionValue
    '2'
    >>> browser.getControl('Two').selected
    True
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IItemControl, browser.getControl('Two'))
    True
    >>> browser.getControl('Three').selected = True
    >>> browser.getControl('Three').selected
    True
    >>> browser.getControl('Two').selected
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['2', '3']
    >>> browser.getControl('Two').selected = False
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['3']
    >>> browser.getControl('Three').selected = False
    >>> ctrl.value
    []
    
  • Radio Control

    This is how you get a radio button based control:

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl(name='radio-value')
    

    This shows the existing value of the control, as it was in the HTML received from the server:

    >>> ctrl.value
    ['2']
    

    We can then unselect it:

    >>> ctrl.value = []
    >>> ctrl.value
    []
    

    We can also reselect it:

    >>> ctrl.value = ['2']
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['2']
    

    displayValue shows the text the user would see next to the control:

    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Zwei']
    

    This is just unit testing:

    >>> ctrl
    <ListControl name='radio-value' type='radio'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IListControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    >>> ctrl.options
    ['1', '2', '3']
    >>> ctrl.displayOptions
    ['Ein', 'Zwei', 'Drei']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue = ['Ein']
    >>> ctrl.value
    ['1']
    >>> ctrl.displayValue
    ['Ein']
    

    The radio control subcontrols were illustrated above.

  • Image Control

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl(name='image-value')
    >>> ctrl
    <ImageControl name='image-value' type='image'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.IImageSubmitControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    ''
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    
  • Submit Control

    >>> ctrl = browser.getControl(name='submit-value')
    >>> ctrl
    <SubmitControl name='submit-value' type='submit'>
    >>> browser.getControl('Submit This') # value of submit button is a label
    <SubmitControl name='submit-value' type='submit'>
    >>> browser.getControl('Standard Submit Control') # label tag is legal
    <SubmitControl name='submit-value' type='submit'>
    >>> browser.getControl('Submit') # multiple labels, but same control
    <SubmitControl name='submit-value' type='submit'>
    >>> verifyObject(interfaces.ISubmitControl, ctrl)
    True
    >>> ctrl.value
    'Submit This'
    >>> ctrl.disabled
    False
    >>> ctrl.multiple
    False
    

Using Submitting Controls

Both the submit and image type should be clickable and submit the form:

>>> browser.getControl('Text Control').value = 'Other Text'
>>> browser.getControl('Submit').click()
>>> print browser.contents
<html>
...
<em>Other Text</em>
<input type="text" name="text-value" id="text-value" value="Some Text" />
...
<em>Submit This</em>
<input type="submit" name="submit-value" id="submit-value" value="Submit This" />
...
</html>

Note that if you click a submit object after the associated page has expired, you will get an error.

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/controls.html')
>>> ctrl = browser.getControl('Submit')
>>> ctrl.click()
>>> ctrl.click()
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
ExpiredError

All the above also holds true for the image control:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/controls.html')
>>> browser.getControl('Text Control').value = 'Other Text'
>>> browser.getControl(name='image-value').click()
>>> print browser.contents
<html>
...
<em>Other Text</em>
<input type="text" name="text-value" id="text-value" value="Some Text" />
...
<em>1</em>
<em>1</em>
<input type="image" name="image-value" id="image-value"
       src="zope3logo.gif" />
...
</html>
>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/controls.html')
>>> ctrl = browser.getControl(name='image-value')
>>> ctrl.click()
>>> ctrl.click()
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
ExpiredError

But when sending an image, you can also specify the coordinate you clicked:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/controls.html')
>>> browser.getControl(name='image-value').click((50,25))
>>> print browser.contents
<html>
...
<em>50</em>
<em>25</em>
<input type="image" name="image-value" id="image-value"
       src="zope3logo.gif" />
...
</html>

Forms

Because pages can have multiple forms with like-named controls, it is sometimes necessary to access forms by name or id. The browser's forms attribute can be used to do so. The key value is the form's name or id. If more than one form has the same name or id, the first one will be returned.

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/forms.html')
>>> form = browser.getForm(name='one')

Form instances conform to the IForm interface.

>>> verifyObject(interfaces.IForm, form)
True

The form exposes several attributes related to forms:

  • The name of the form:

    >>> form.name
    'one'
    
  • The id of the form:

    >>> form.id
    '1'
    
  • The action (target URL) when the form is submitted:

    >>> form.action
    'http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/forms.html'
    
  • The method (HTTP verb) used to transmit the form data:

    >>> form.method
    'POST'
    
  • The encoding type of the form data:

    >>> form.enctype
    'multipart/form-data'
    

Besides those attributes, you have also a couple of methods. Like for the browser, you can get control objects, but limited to the current form...

>>> form.getControl(name='text-value')
<Control name='text-value' type='text'>

...and submit the form.

>>> form.submit('Submit')
>>> print browser.contents
<html>
...
<em>First Text</em>
...
</html>

Submitting also works without specifying a control, as shown below, which is it's primary reason for existing in competition with the control submission discussed above.

Now let me show you briefly that looking up forms is sometimes important. In the forms.html template, we have four forms all having a text control named text-value. Now, if I use the browser's get method,

>>> browser.getControl(name='text-value')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AmbiguityError: name 'text-value'
>>> browser.getControl('Text Control')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AmbiguityError: label 'Text Control'

I'll always get an ambiguous form field. I can use the index argument, or with the getForm method I can disambiguate by searching only within a given form:

>>> form = browser.getForm('2')
>>> form.getControl(name='text-value').value
'Second Text'
>>> form.submit('Submit')
>>> browser.contents
'...<em>Second Text</em>...'
>>> form = browser.getForm('2')
>>> form.getControl('Submit').click()
>>> browser.contents
'...<em>Second Text</em>...'
>>> browser.getForm('3').getControl('Text Control').value
'Third Text'

The last form on the page does not have a name, an id, or a submit button. Working with it is still easy, thanks to a index attribute that guarantees order. (Forms without submit buttons are sometimes useful for JavaScript.)

>>> form = browser.getForm(index=3)
>>> form.submit()
>>> browser.contents
'...<em>Fourth Text</em>...<em>Submitted without the submit button.</em>...'

If a form is requested that does not exists, an exception will be raised.

>>> form = browser.getForm('does-not-exist')
Traceback (most recent call last):
LookupError

If the HTML page contains only one form, no arguments to getForm are needed:

>>> oneform = Browser()
>>> oneform.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/oneform.html')
>>> form = oneform.getForm()

If the HTML page contains more than one form, index is needed to disambiguate if no other arguments are provided:

>>> browser.getForm()
Traceback (most recent call last):
ValueError: if no other arguments are given, index is required.

Performance Testing

Browser objects keep up with how much time each request takes. This can be used to ensure a particular request's performance is within a tolerable range. Be very careful using raw seconds, cross-machine differences can be huge, pystones is usually a better choice.

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html')
>>> browser.lastRequestSeconds < 10 # really big number for safety
True
>>> browser.lastRequestPystones < 10000 # really big number for safety
True

Handling Errors when using Zope 3's Publisher

A very useful feature of the publisher is the automatic graceful handling of application errors, such as invalid URLs:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/invalid')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
HTTPError: HTTP Error 404: Not Found

Note that the above error was thrown by urllib2 and not by the publisher. For debugging purposes, however, it can be very useful to see the original exception caused by the application. In those cases you can set the handleErrors property of the browser to False. It is defaulted to True:

>>> browser.handleErrors
True

So when we tell the publisher not to handle the errors,

>>> browser.handleErrors = False

we get a different, Zope internal error:

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/invalid')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
NotFound: Object: <zope.app.folder.folder.Folder object at ...>,
          name: u'invalid'
NB: Setting the handleErrors attribute to False will only change
anything if the http server you're testing is using Zope 3's publisher or can otherwise respond appropriately to an 'X-zope-handle-errors' header in requests.

When the testbrowser is raising HttpErrors, the errors still hit the test. Sometimes we don't want that to happen, in situations where there are edge cases that will cause the error to be predictabley but infrequently raised. Time is a primary cause of this.

To get around this, one can set the raiseHttpErrors to False.

>>> browser.handleErrors = True
>>> browser.raiseHttpErrors = False

This will cause HttpErrors not to propagate.

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/invalid')

The headers are still there, though.

>>> '404 Not Found' in str(browser.headers)
True

If we don't handle the errors, and allow internal ones to propagate, however, this flage doesn't affect things.

>>> browser.handleErrors = False
>>> browser.open('http://localhost/invalid')
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
NotFound: Object: <zope.app.folder.folder.Folder object at ...>,
          name: u'invalid'
>>> browser.raiseHttpErrors = True

Hand-Holding

Instances of the various objects ensure that users don't set incorrect instance attributes accidentally.

>>> browser.nonexistant = None
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AttributeError: 'Browser' object has no attribute 'nonexistant'
>>> form.nonexistant = None
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AttributeError: 'Form' object has no attribute 'nonexistant'
>>> control.nonexistant = None
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AttributeError: 'Control' object has no attribute 'nonexistant'
>>> link.nonexistant = None
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
AttributeError: 'Link' object has no attribute 'nonexistant'

Fixed Bugs

This section includes tests for bugs that were found and then fixed that don't fit into the more documentation-centric sections above.

Spaces in URL

When URLs have spaces in them, they're handled correctly (before the bug was fixed, you'd get "ValueError: too many values to unpack"):

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/navigate.html')
>>> browser.getLink('Spaces in the URL').click()

.goBack() Truncation

The .goBack() method used to truncate the .contents.

>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/navigate.html')
>>> actual_length = len(browser.contents)
>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/navigate.html')
>>> browser.open('http://localhost/@@/testbrowser/simple.html')
>>> browser.goBack()
>>> len(browser.contents) == actual_length
True

CHANGES

3.4.2 (2007-10-31)

  • Resolve ZopeSecurityPolicy deprecation warning.

3.4.1 (2007-09-01)

  • Updated to mechanize 0.1.7b and ClientForm 0.2.7. These are now pulled in via egg dependencies.
  • zope.testbrowser now works on Python 2.5.

3.4.0 (2007-06-04)

  • Added the ability to suppress raising exceptions on HTTP errors (raiseHttpErrors attribute).
  • Made the tests more resilient to HTTP header formatting changes with the REnormalizer.

3.4.0a1 (2007-04-22)

Initial release as a separate project, corresponds to zope.testbrowser from Zope 3.4.0a1

 
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