Selenium Webdriver Tips and Tricks – Episode 1

Hi All, from now on, I want to share “Selenium Webdriver Tips and Tricks” series. I hope and believe that it will be a very exciting and interesting series and this post is the first episode of this appealing series. In this episode we will go over below headlines:

1) How to overcome “:” css selector problem for JFS web applications?

Answer: instead of : we should use its hexadecimal equivalent which is \3A


Invalid: #basicInformationForm:propertyName:propertyName_sub:propertyName_sub_inp

Valid: #basicInformationForm\3ApropertyName\3ApropertyName_sub\3ApropertyName_sub_inp


2) How to do Human-Like Typing in Selenium?

Answer: You can use below method to do human-like writing

3) How to get a web element by text with Selenium WebDriver?

Answer: CSS does not allow this, you need to use XPath.


Check also CSS/Xpath reference from below link.

4) How to interrogate an element by XPath using JavaScript get element method?

Answer: You can use below code template to get element bt xpath using JavaScript

For example logo of’s Xpath is “.//*[@id=’Header’]/div[2]/div[1]/a/img”


5) How to upload an image with Robot Class?

Answer: You can use below utility method to upload images with Robot Class.

First episode’s end.

Note: Special thanks to Canberk Akduygu for his contributions.



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Onur Baskirt
Onur Baskirt is a senior IT professional with 10+ years of experience. He worked at Bahçesehir University, ST Microelectronics, Huawei and Ericsson as research assistant, design verification engineer and software test leader. Also, he worked as software test leader and software operations manager at Turkey's biggest technology retailer, Teknosa. Now, he is working as Head of Software Testing and Manager of two Development Teams at His current research areas are technical software testing, programming, and computer science. Formerly, he has several research works and papers on digital chip design & verification. His hobbies are sport, dancing, traveling, and nutrition. You can find detailed information about him on his linked-in page.


  1. Ali Ulvi Talipoğlu March 5, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    3rd Q. supports also CSS. 3) How to get a web element by text with Selenium WebDriver?
    Element containing text ‘t’ in CSS is E:contains(‘t’)

    • Onur Baskirt March 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      CSS: The CSS2 contains function is not in CSS3; however, Selenium supports the superset of CSS1, 2, and 3.

  2. Ray July 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Very informative. Waiting for the next episode. Many Thanks

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