Checking web element styles using WebDriverJs

I try to avoid incorporating any or layout/style based checks or locators into my automated end to end tests since these typically change more often leading to a higher test maintenance burden.

But I did have a circumstance recently where I wanted to check that a change I dynamically made to a page was reflected in the resultant web element’s style.

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Reading CSS properties using Watir-WebDriver

There was recently a question on Stack Overflow about how you read a CSS property of an element that is defined in a stylesheet using Watir-WebDriver.

It’s really quite simple:

require 'watir-webdriver'
b = Watir::Browser.start ''
puts b.div(:id => 'g1minesRemaining100s').style 'background-image'