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[TechCorner Challenge #5] Comparing content of HTML table with Excel file data

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[TechCorner Challenge #5] Comparing content of HTML table with Excel file data

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Ready for a challenge? Here it is! Learn new things about working with the product, and get into the TechCorner Leaderboard!


Task: Create a script that will compare the values of an HTML table and an Excel file cell by cell and log the difference between them.

Difficulty: Star_Gold.pngStar_gray.pngStar_gray.png


For the task implementation, you can use the Web Orders table and the attached Excel file. Here is an example of TestComplete’s Test Log demonstrating the difference between the sources:




Solve the task and post your scripts here. We are looking forward to seeing your scripts!


Helpful resources:

You can loop through the table as described in this article: Parsing HTML Tables.

As for working with Excel, TestComplete offers several ways to extract the data - choose the one you want to use in Working with Microsoft Excel Files. If you are using the latest TestComplete version (14.50), you can utilize the new Excel support - it does not even require Excel to be installed on the machine!


Note: the HTML table size and the Excel table size might be different. So, it’s a good idea to throw an error if the dimensions are not the same.


Good luck!


P.S. You can find the TechCorner Leaderboard and rules of how to participate in the challenge by this link.

Sonya Mihaljova
Community and Education Specialist

SmartBear Alumni (Retired)

Who wants to try solving this one?🙂


@m_essaid @tristaanogre @anupamchampati @BenoitB 

Sonya Mihaljova
Community and Education Specialist

Frequent Contributor

Sorry I don't have Web Module license.

SmartBear Alumni (Retired)

Task: Create a script that will compare the values of an HTML table and an Excel file cell by cell and log the difference between them.


This is a solution created for [TechCorner Challenge #5]



Hi All,


my 2 cents to this challenge 🙂


I've attached the Excel file, I'm working in the code. The code is written in JavaScript and it uses the new Excel object (which is really great!). Here is what you can see in the test log after executing the script:



function CompareTables()
  //obtain the path to the web table
  var table = Sys.Browser("chrome").Page("").Form("aspnetForm").Table(0).Cell(0, 1).Panel(1).Panel(2).Table("orderGrid");
  //let's save a web table to the TestComplete table  
    Project.Variables.AddVariable("MyTable", "Table");  
  SaveTreeTableToVariable(Project.Variables.VariableByName("MyTable"), table);  

  //obtain the Excel file
  var excelFile = Excel.Open("C:\\Book1.xlsx "); //specify the path to your excel file here
  var excelSheet = excelFile.SheetByTitle("Sheet1");
  //Compare the web table with the Excel table
  var compResults = "";
  compResults = CompareTableWithExcel(Project.Variables.VariableByName("MyTable"),excelSheet)
  //Post comparison results to the test log
  if (compResults !="")
     Log.Warning("The tables are different", compResults);
    Log.Message("The tables are the same");

function SaveTreeTableToVariable(TableVariable, ATable)
  TableVariable.RowCount = ATable.RowCount;
  for (var k = 0; k < ATable.ColumnCount(0); k++)
  for (var i = 0; i < ATable.RowCount; i++)
    // Goes through cells   
    for (var j = 0; j < ATable.ColumnCount(i); j++)
      // Obtains a cell and save it to a variable
      var cell = ATable.Cell(i, j);      
      TableVariable.$set("Item",j,i, cell.innerText);

function CompareTableWithExcel(TableVariable, excelSheet)
  var compResults = "";
  //iterate through all cells
  for (var i = 0; i < TableVariable.RowCount; i++)  {
    for (var j = 0; j < TableVariable.ColumnCount; j++)
      //compare values
      if (excelSheet.Cell(j+1, i+1).Value !=  TableVariable.Item(j,i))
        compResults += "Row " + i + ", Column " + j + " -- Expected: " + TableVariable.Item(j,i) + ", Found: " + excelSheet.Cell(j+1, i+1).Value + "\r\n";
  return compResults;



Tanya Yatskovskaya
SmartBear Community and Education Manager

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