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The headless browser

Adrian Holovaty is looking for information on how to run a state of the art browser engine in a headless fashion. Basically he wants programmatic access to all of the DOM information that you can get at through Firebug (or any decent DOM inspector).

I don’t know what he’s using it for, but you could use such a system to write an awesome testing tool. I suspect the overhead would not be worth it for most projects.

There are already a bunch of good ideas in the comments. Definitely worth reading.


  1. Presumably for improving the state of their screen scrapers.

  2. I believe the guys at Wesabe have been running XULRunner on the server side to replay screen macros on bank websites. Brian Donovan and/or Tim Mason might be good guys to contact.

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