webdriver classname with space using java

This question received great answers in jquery and I was wondering if someone could give an example of this in Java please?

I'm doing driver.findElement(By.className("current time")).click(); The space is the issue, and I see the explanation at the link, but I'm not sure how to handle it in java, and don't have access to change the class name.

Pasting example of what i get in the firefox inspect id: Example with cssSelector below did not work, but i may be missing something.

<a class="current time" href="http://someurl/"   onclick="s_objectID="http://someur/">url</a>


Instead of class name you can use a css selector. You don't mention the tagname for the class 'current time'. I am assuming it to be input, so your css selector work be,

WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("input[class='current time']"));

Edit#1 Based on html provided,

Looking at the html in your comment, it seems you have quite a few options to find the webElement. Here are your options,

WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("a[class='current time']"));

or this should work too,

WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("a.current.time"));

You can also use linkText since the element is link. From the html you provided, the link text is 'url'

WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.linkText("url"));

You can also use By.partialLinkText("partial link text here");

You can also use xpath as:

WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//a[@class='current time']"));


WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//a[text() = 'url']"));

For a less fragile test, another option is to use an XPATH which doesn't depend of the order of classes, like:

WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//a[contains(@class, 'current') and contains(@class, 'time')]"));

Whenever you found some space in the class name you need to switch to cssSelector Locator. Convert a class name to cssSelector if it is having a space as below.

In your case it would be:

WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.cssSelector(".current.time"));

PS: add . [dot] in start of class name and replace the space with . [dot] to convert class name to cssSelector.

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