Normalize spaces when getting element text #112

textgoeshere opened this Issue Jul 20, 2011 · 2 comments

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In order to compare strings easily in our specs and to be compatible with Selenium, spaces should be normalized in text content.

When Selenium returns the text of a node, it locates the node using the @normalize-space@ XPath function. But Capybara-Webkit returns the raw text as it is represented on the page. This means specs that pass with Selenium may not pass in Capybara-Webkit, and it makes testing for the presence of strings harder.

We have worked around this issue with @gsub@s where necessary but ultimately Capybara-Webkit should return normalized strings for compatibility.


Here's our klidge if anyone is interested: textgoeshere/capybara-webkit@752ab7e

@textgoeshere textgoeshere reopened this Jul 21, 2011

The issue is valid and the fix is correct. Has this been merged into main repo?

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