Since the days of DOS, we have been using globbing. What is globbing? Remember the days you were searching files in DOS by using the command *.doc or De*.doc and so on. This is where you have used globs. So let’s see how Selenium supports globbing.
Globbing in Selennium is possible with the following set of characters
i) * (asterisk)
- It is used to match any number of characters. E.g. *.doc will indicate a.doc or abhilash.doc
ii) ? (question mark)
- It is used to match a single character. E.g. Pe?.doc will indicate Pet.doc. It supports just a single character.
iii) [ ] (square brackets)
- Typically a square bracket is used to denote a class of characters or set of characters.
- [a-z] means a set of lowercase alphabets
- [A-Z] means a set of uppercase alphabets
- [0-9] indicates a set of numeric values
Suppose we want to find/ search for the text “region” or “regional”, then we could use it as reg* . In Selenium, that would mean the following