Browsing a website

The Browse function enables to you to interact with a site’s links, buttons and controls using the simulated device browser and your mouse and keyboard. Browsing enables you to see how web content is rendered on a simulated device.

While browsing, you can record a script of your web interactions that can be played back at any time.

To browse a site:

  1. Click the Browse button.
    Start browse<figcaption><p>Start browse</p>

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  1. Enter the URL to browse, a device profile, and a location, and click OK.
    Select URL to browse<figcaption><p>Select URL to browse</p>

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  1. Select a location. The selected location will be seen by websites you visit as the location of your mobile device. The last location selected will remain selected until you choose a different one. You can create a new location by clicking the button to the right of the location list.
  2. Optional Script Recording: to record a script of your web interactions as you browse, select Advanced Options at the bottom of the dialog.
    Recording options<figcaption><p>Recording options</p>

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Recording options let you start recording:

  • With the first page - All pages you browse to from the start will automatically be included in the script.
  • Whenever you press the record button - The script will include only those interactions you do after clicking the record button.

See Recording Scripts for more information.

  1. You can select Use basic authentication and supply a password and username for sites that require login.
  2. The browser will open the URL you specified. Use your mouse and keyboard with the browser to interact with the site as you would with an actual device.
    Browsing process<figcaption><p>Browsing process</p>

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  1. When you have finished interacting with the website, select Stop browse .
    Stop browsing<figcaption><p>Stop browsing</p>

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  1. If you chose to record a script while browsing, provide a name for the script and click Yes. The script can be played back at any time.

Information displayed while browsing

As you browse information about the site is presented in the Browser panel and in the view panels at the right of the Browser panel. By default, these panels are displayed:

  • MITE Score - The score is computed by combining scores for a series of tests of the mobile site design against best practices.
  • Performance View - Performance results for every page visited are shown in this panel, including download times and source details for each page element.
  • DOM Tree View - This view shows the DOM (Document Object Model) of the page currently loaded in the browser.

A third panel, Scripting view, is available if you are recording as you browse.