I need to get the span element by matching its entire text which has a line break.

Below is sample HTML:

<div class="class1">

I know we can use //span[contains(text(),'fourth')], but is there any way to match the entire text?


If you insist on using XPath, you could use normalize-space() function which would take care of spaces and newlines for you:

//a[normalize-space(span) = 'fourthteam']

Or, if you'd like to locate the span element instead:

//span[normalize-space(.) = 'fourthteam']
  • Thanks @alecxe...Unfortunately could not upvote due to less than 15 rep... – Sandesh Sawant Feb 24 at 13:54
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    Then let me do it for you! – Vishal Aggarwal Apr 11 at 0:29

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