A record and replay system for the browser (renamed Ringer)
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README.md

webscript

Ringer's goal is allow end-users to program simple scripts for the browser without having to write any code. The idea behind this project is allow end-users to program by demonstration. The user should only have to demonstrate the task he/she wants to accomplish or answer some simple questions.

Dependencies

The following dependencies are only required for the Makefile (which is run on node.js). The project does not need to be built to be executed, so the average user should not need to download any of the dependencies.

make.js

  • node.js
  • google javascript lint (gjslint)

Quick Setup

Webscript is Chrome extension. Directions on how to install an unpacked extension can be found at:

http://developer.chrome.com/extensions/getstarted.html#load-ext

After clicking the "Load unpacked extension..." button, point it to the /src directory of this project.

Using the tool

This section gives a quick guide to using the tool (with the default parameters).

1) To begin recording a script, click the "Start" button in the panel. The info box should now say "Recording."

2) Demonstrate the series of actions you want done on the page. This should populate the middle section of the panel with the information of all events that are raised on the page.

3) Once your demonstaton is over, click the "Stop" button.

To replay the script you just recording, press the "Replay" button. This should open a new tab in which the tool replays the script. The "Pause" button stops replaying events until the "Restart" button is pressed.

The other buttons are used to handle divergences in thes script. The "Skip" button will skip over an event (in case the page diverged from what the script expected and a particular event cannot be replayed). "Resend" will try replaying the event a second time (in case the extension did not succeed the first time). "Play 1" will execute only one event while the replayer is paused.