Watir 1.5.6 is out and mostly features bug fixes and minor enhancements. However there is one new feature that may be worth the upgrade: a speed improvement called “Zippy” speed.
Other features new since 1.5.3 (released last fall) include support for Chinese character input and the ability to locate more elements using multiple attributes.
You can now call the row method from within a table, also frequently requested. There are a number of other fixes.
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