A Custom Browser Architecture to Execute Web Navigation Sequences

  • José LosadaEmail author
  • Juan Raposo
  • Alberto Pan
  • Paula Montoto
  • Manuel Álvarez
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9419)


Web automation applications are widely used for different purposes such as B2B integration and automated testing of web applications. Most current systems build the automatic web navigation component by using the APIs of conventional browsers. This approach suffers performance problems for intensive web automation tasks which require real time responses and/or a high degree of parallelism. Other systems use the approach of creating custom browsers to avoid some of the tasks of conventional browsers, but they work like them, when building the internal representation of the web pages. In this paper, we present a complete architecture for a custom browser able to efficiently execute web navigation sequences. The proposed architecture supports some novel automatic optimization techniques that can be applied when loading and building the internal representation of the pages. The tests performed using real web sources show that the reference implementation of the proposed architecture runs significantly faster than other navigation components.


Web automation Optimization Browser architecture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Losada
    • 1
    Email author
  • Juan Raposo
    • 1
  • Alberto Pan
    • 1
  • Paula Montoto
    • 1
  • Manuel Álvarez
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de Informática, Information and Communications Technology DepartmentUniversity of A CoruñaA CoruñaSpain

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