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Is it possible to write tests against CSS?

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Signed-off-by: Gareth Rushgrove <gareth@morethanseven.net>
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README
CSS is hard to test automatically. There appear to be two potential approaches 
which might have merit in solving this problem and this sample code 
represents one of them.

test_image.py

The basic idea here revolves around programatic comparison of images, some
based on  screen shots and others generated dynamically from URLs. The
capability to analyse only a segment of a page has also been included.

The overhead introduced by the need to take screenshots of a site makes this
technique more useful for spotting regression issues in a live site than for
a test driven approach to writing CSS. Tools will be provided to make this 
easier at a later date.

As this is currently a proof of concept in that it only supports testing in 
webkit, and even then only on OS X. Support for other browsers relies on 
other screen grab tools being integrated into the code.

This is not intended as a tool to check whether a finished website looks
identical to a set of photoshop images. It's intended to spot changes in
unexpected areas of a site's layout or design.

test_dom.py

Here we plan on using Selenium to extract rendered DOM values such as text-size from a given web page and compare them against expected values. This could be useful both for regression testing and for assertion based test driven development.

The sample code is written in Python but other implementations would be
straightforward. Much of the actual work is done via other commands; namely 
webkit2png by Paul Hammond and the Imagemagik suite of tools.
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