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Wait commands are used to check conditions of your page. The test checks a condition repeatedly until its either true or a timeout period is reached.

Wait commands

Wait commands are overloaded jQuery methods. Just like jQuery methods are both setters and getters, depending on how many arguments are passed, FuncUnit wait commands are either waits or getters depending on arguments.

Single argument waits

Most wait commands only require a single argument.

wait( checkVal, [timeout], [callback], [message] )

// wait until there are 5 .foo elements

// wait until .container has 500px height

// wait until .banner's text is "Done"

Two argument waits

Some jQuery methods accept 2 parameters. Similarly, those wait methods accept two arguments.

wait( keyVal, checkVal, [timeout], [callback], [message] )

// wait until $.data for .foo on the key "count" has 2
F(".foo").data("count", 2)

// wait until .contact has class "bar"
F(".contact").hasClasF("bar", true)

// wait until .container has font-color red
F(".container").csF("font-color", "red")

Zero argument waits

Several wait methods check for existence/visibility of elements. These require zero parameters.

wait( [timeout], [callback], [message] )

// wait until the .foo element is removed

Tester function

Instead of checking for a simple static value, tests can provide their own tester method. The tester method's arguments are whatever the wait normally accepts. It returns true when the condition is met, after which the next wait or action begins.

var initialWidth = F("#sliderMenu").width();

// wait until width is at least 200px
F("#sliderMenu").width(function( width ) {
  return width >= 200;

The tester method will be called repeatedly until it returns true, or the timeout is reached.


By default, wait commands will wait a 10s timeout period. If the condition isn't true after that time, the test will fail.

You can provide your own (optional) timeout for each wait condition as the parameter after the wait condition. For example, the following will check if "#trigger" contains "I was triggered" for 5 seconds before failing the test.

("#trigger").text("I was triggered", 5000)

The [FuncUnit.timeout] property is a global timeout value. Its value sets the default timeout if a value isn't provided.


Another optional parameter for each wait command is a callback method, which runs after the wait completes.

Inside a callback is the place to get information about a page and perform assertions. Callbacks are also useful for debugging.

F(".foo").text("bar", function(){
  // runs after wait condition completes


The last (optional) parameter for each wait command is a message. By default, wait conditions will pass silently (without a passed assertion).
If a user provides a message string, the wait condition will pass an assertion with the given message when the wait completes. If the wait fails (the timeout is reached), this message will be provided to the failed assertion.

F(".foo").text("bar", "the foo element has text bar")