Is there is any way to highlight the validation message by using Selenium IDE?

Example: During login when the user passes the invalid input the validation messages and login will be failed. I want to highlight the validation message which is getting displayed on the screen.

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    What do you mean with Highlight? Select the text with the mouse? Apr 29, 2019 at 12:29
  • @NielsvanReijmersdal - Please see my screenshot and help me - screencast.com/t/MUa5kqLI5 Apr 29, 2019 at 12:34
  • I still do not understand what you want to do. Apr 29, 2019 at 12:36
  • do you want to make a screenshot of the page and apply a visual highlight? or do you for example want the error text in your log? like throw new RuntimeExeption("error text") would do? Apr 29, 2019 at 12:49
  • @globalworming,- Yes I want to apply the visual highlight basically highlighting the element feature like below screenshot - screencast.com/t/QKMJxhQefn8 Apr 29, 2019 at 13:09

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You can use the "run script" command with JavaScript code in the target field.

Here some example code to highlight the first h1 element on a page with XPath:

document.evaluate('//h1', document, null, XPathResult.FIRST_ORDERED_NODE_TYPE, null).singleNodeValue.setAttribute('style', 'outline: red dashed 5px !important')

I can't seem to pass found elements with Selenium IDE, so you need to locate in JavaScript code.

Looks something like this:

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When looking at the API of selenium IDE there is no way to do it. https://sqa.stackexchange.com/a/38970/35888

If you have access to the webdriver you can visually highlight specific elements by playing around with the css dynamically. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/24882723/how-can-i-set-new-style-of-element-using-selenium-web-driver

JavascriptExecutor js = (JavascriptExecutor) driver;
WebElement element = driver.findElement(yourElement);
js.executeScript("arguments[0].setAttribute('style', 'outline: yellow dashed 5px !important')", element);

in your case you would want to set the background color of the element.

  • I got it working based on your idea to use the JavaScript Executor that is present in the new Selenium IDE :) Apr 29, 2019 at 14:24
  • oh, run script, didn't see that, nice Apr 29, 2019 at 14:34

I believe that was functionality provided by the old, different version of SelniumIDE before the complete re-write in 2018.

I no longer see that built-in functionality in the new SelenumIDE.

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