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Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#32940 new enhancement

Add IDs to Admin Hyperlinks

Reported by: charlestonsw's profile charlestonsw Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 4.3
Component: Administration Keywords: has-patch needs-testing dev-feedback 2nd-opinion
Focuses: Cc:


Suggestion: add Ids to the primary admin interface hyperlinks.

Adding IDs to primary anchor tags in the admin UI makes it far easier to create and maintain UI test suites such as Selenium IDE. UI testing catches problems that phpUnit is not designed to address.

Example: Pages / Add New

xpath = /html/body/div/div[1]/div[2]/ul/li[5]/ul/li[3]/a

css = html.wp-toolbar div#wpwrap div#adminmenumain div#adminmenuwrap ul#adminmenu ul.wp-submenu.wp-submenu-wrap li a

Would be nice to reference key elements with things like a#menu-page-add-new instead. Especially when updates to WP Core change the higher level HTML DOM classesor structures.

Attachments (1)

32940.diff (1.1 KB) - added by gaurang484 4 years ago.
Added code to display ID for sub menu items in admin dashboard

Download all attachments as: .zip

Change History (5)

#1 @wonderboymusic
9 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added

#2 @valentinbora
4 years ago

  • Keywords good-first-bug added

4 years ago

Added code to display ID for sub menu items in admin dashboard

#3 @valentinbora
4 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

Thank you @charlestonsw for the report.

Likewise thank you @gaurang484 for the patch submission. I'll mark the ticket as has-patch so it can receive a review.

#4 @valentinbora
4 years ago

  • Keywords needs-testing dev-feedback 2nd-opinion added; good-first-bug removed
  • Milestone set to Future Release

32940.diff applies cleanly and seems to do the job, however I am concerned that it uses the menu label as a source for generating the id attribute, which depends on the used locale.

I've switched WordPress to my native language (not English) and the menu ids also changed. For the purpose requested by the reporter (to be able to address specific menu items by CSS and/or JS), this is not stable enough in my opinion.

Core folks, please chime in with thoughts and suggestions on how to otherwise address this better.


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