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<div id="a">This is some

   <div id="b">text</div>


Getting "This is some" is non-trivial. For instance, this returns "This is some text":


How does one, in a general way, get the text of a specific element without including the text of its children?

(I'm providing an answer below but will leave the question open in case someone can come up with a less hideous solution).

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Here's a general solution:

def get_text_excluding_children(driver, element): 

         return driver.execute_script(""" return jQuery(arguments[0]).contents().filter(function() { 

                     return this.nodeType == Node.TEXT_NODE; }).text();

                     """, element)

The element passed to the function can be obtained from the find_element...() methods (i.e. it can be a WebElement object).

Or if you don't have jQuery or don't want to use it you can replace the body of the function above with this:

return self.driver.execute_script("""

var parent = arguments[0];

var child = parent.firstChild; 

var ret = ""; while(child) { 

      if(child.nodeType === Node.TEXT_NODE) 

         ret += child.textContent;

         child = child.nextSibling; 

return ret;

 """, element)

I'm actually using this code in a test suite.

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