#274 ✓resolved

choose does not select radio button

Reported by jazen | August 5th, 2009 @ 07:18 AM

I have several radio buttons like this:

<input id="user_class" name="user[class"] value="PrivateUser" />
<input id="user_class" name="user[class"] value="CompanyUser" />

Selecting the second one using

choose "CompanyUser"

does nothing. After digging into the source the problem seems to be
the Locater which doesn't check the radio-button's value but it's
name instead.

I'm using latest cucumber/webrat gems.

I temporarily fixed this issue by overwriting the webrat step with:

When /^I choose "([^\"]*)"$/ do |field|
  dom = webrat.current_dom
  radio_button = Webrat::XML.xpath_search(dom, ".//input[@type='radio']").detect do |element|
    Webrat::XML.attribute(element, "value") == field
  Webrat::Field.load(webrat, radio_button).choose

This works as expected. :)

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Larry Siden

    Larry Siden November 15th, 2009 @ 12:04 PM

    I had the same problem. I have two different sets of radio buttons whose values are "yes" and "no". I had to resort to Jazen's method, which works, but is quite verbose!

  • Bryan Helmkamp

    Bryan Helmkamp November 15th, 2009 @ 04:17 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “resolved”

    Generally I prefer to locate radio buttons by a label instead of the value. This also allows the application code to change it's representation while keeping the test code passing, so long as the UI stays constant.

    Would this work for you?

    It seems to make sense that choose would locate by value as well, but right now I'm considering the locators to be "frozen" until they can be reviewed and updated together once before Webrat 1.0. When this happens, I think that's a good change to consider.

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