6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 11, 2017 3:22 AM by softeck

    Web scraping a javascript? database

    bcmillerway

      Hello,

       

      I've figured out how to web scrape data from a website where the contents of the webpage can be controlled from the URL.  For instance, the URL at:

       

      elephant - Wiktionary

       

      will bring up a Wiktionary page about the term 'elephant'.  Pages for other information can be brought up by substituting other words in the URL for 'elephant', like:

       

      lion - Wiktionary

       

      All the scraping can be done within Filemaker.

       

      However, on some sites, the content changes while the URL stays the same.  In my ignorant state I'm inclined to believe the data is retrieved with the use of javascript.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

       

      Here's an example site: Sanscript | Learn Sanskrit Online

       

      Enter something in the left window, click the arrow in the middle, and something will appear in the right window.  Hopefully, your sanskrit is workable.

       

      My question: is there a way to get the same result either from using the WebViewer or from the Insert From URL script step  -from within Filemaker.

       

      Thanks for any clues or guidance you can provide.