,Every time an application runs a new user interface is rendered by the underlying program. To users, the interface appears the same because certain characteristics, such as the type and position of application user interface elements (for example, labels, buttons, drop-down lists), remain the same. From a technical perspective, however, the application user interface elements are different for every instance of the application.
To effectively automate an application, an OpenSpan developer must be able to identify an application user interface element across multiple application instances, just as a user would. Additionally, the developer must distinguish between unchanging or persistent data that should be used to identify an element and changing or transient data that should be ignored.
OpenSpan provides an advanced matching system that uniquely identifies application user interface elements across multiple instances of an application using a set of rules that capture the necessary persistent data. Developers can customize matching behavior by adding, removing, or modifying these rules.