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I have a lot of functional tests in Python. As expected , they use a wide variety of css/xpath selectors .

I think I read somewhere that a practice is to have a dictionary where each selector would be stored. So, when a random selector in a random page changes for some reason, then theoretically it's selectors and/or attributes (id,name) would be changed only one time in this dictionary.

Is this possible? And if yes, what would be the structure of the dictionary/list/array? I am currently familiarizing myself with the theory of lists and dictionaries to see how to implement it. I think that one solution would be

[button1,css_selector,xpath_selector,page_found,description]

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I think this is a general Python programming question rather than a test question.

As a general programming practice, it is a good idea to give a constant a name, especially if the constant is used more than once.

How you manage those names depends on your goal. You might do this:

XPATH = "xpath"
CSS = "css"
SELECTOR_TYPE = "selectorType"
SELECTOR = "selector"
// etc.

BUTTON1 = {SELECTOR_TYPE: XPATH, SELECTOR: "//input[@id='loginSubmitButton']"}
BUTTON2 = {SELECTOR_TYPE: XPATH, SELECTOR: "//input[@id='loginCancelButton']"}
USERNAME_FIELD = {SELECTOR_TYPE: CSS, SELECTOR: "form input[name='username']"}

I omitted page_found and description because you didn't explain what those are.

You might even want to put all those definitions in a dictionary so that you can pass them around as a group, like this:

login_selectors = { 'button1': {SELECTOR_TYPE: XPATH, SELECTOR: "//input[@id='loginSubmitButton']"},
                    'button2': {SELECTOR_TYPE: XPATH, SELECTOR: "//input[@id='loginCancelButton']"}
                    'username_field': {SELECTOR_TYPE: CSS, SELECTOR: "form input[name='username']"}}
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