This is can be easy depending on the whois site you are querying. For this example I will use the Verisign Whois sever as its URL is easy to decode. If you do a whois search for a domain and look at the URL in your browser it will look like this:I used my domain for this example, and you can see where it goes. (spaguycovers.com) On your layout you need to place a web viewer. Leave all the settings in the web viewer blank. In the layout mode give the web viewer a name. View -> Object Info.The next thing is the script. Create a new script. It needs one step.
Set Web Viewer
The options for the script step are:
Object Name = What ever you named the web viewer
Action = Go to URL...
Next you need to specify the URL via calculation. For Verisign this calculation would be:
"http://registrar.verisign-grs.com/cgi-bin/whois?whois_nic=" & Your Field Containing the domains & "&x=37&y=8&type=domain"
Create a button on your layout and assign it to this script. Using this technique you should be able to adapt it to almost any whois server. Verisign is nice because it is fast, and has a short easy URL to work with. However the data returned is kind of limited.
Thank you I am going to work on this when I find time over the next few days, but you make it seem easy - and I like the clarity of the instructions. The response is greatly appreciated.
I should have stated that this is for FMP10 and I am tweaking the excellent free template from Starting Point. If that changes your advic, please let me know.