XPath Expressions with Javascript

Always if you have severe troubles with Selenium, you can reach your test-automation goal with JavaScript (JavascriptExecutor). To use your XPaths for locating an element, your choice is document.evaluate(). The handling of this function is somewhat nasty.
Evaluate() returns the XPathResult-object. The evaluate()-method has five parameters, but concentrate on the first and fourth parameter and treat the rest as fixed. Here’s an example:

var XPathResult = document.evaluate( 'count(//div)', document, null, XPathResult.ANY_TYPE, null);

If you choose the generic XPathResult.ANY_TYPE, the XPath-expression: count(//div) itself determines the return type. So in this example the return type is XPathResult.NUMBER_TYPE
The return type is important for the further processing of the value. If you like to alert the string-value of a nodeset, then you need to choose XPathResult.STRING_TYPE:
Go to www.it-kosmopolit.de and press F12 to open developer tools. In the Console enter:

var XPathResult = document.evaluate( './/h1', document, null, XPathResult.STRING_TYPE, null);

If you want to process with the result of counting the div’s, you execute this JavaScript:

var XPathResult = document.evaluate( 'count(//div)', document, null, XPathResult.ANY_TYPE, null);

Unfortunately this function is not implemented in Internet Explorer until now.

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