3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 5, 2013 9:07 PM by steve_ssh

    FileMaker Parametric Search Engine


      Has anyone created or can FM database be created and used to search product parameters on website?



      instead of a word or phrase in a website search field - a customized check box of parameters pops up - select a parameter and another drill-down check box opens to further the specific parameters of a search, etc., then select submit and the selected parameters populate the search field and perform the search.

        • 1. Re: FileMaker Parametric Search Engine

          The simple answer is 'yes' but really we'd need some more specifics.


          This is a web viewer job... you would set up the parameters in FM then send it as a query string to the webviewer and when the results are returned maybe you need to be able to capture them back in FM. This, I'm pretty sure, is called 'scraping'.


          - Lyndsay

          • 2. Re: FileMaker Parametric Search Engine

            You can do almost anything you want if you use Custom Web Publishing and PHP.  But most of us can spend a lot less time and accomplish the same things in FileMaker with the web viewer like Lyndsay suggested.  Pulling the responses back is called web scraping.  Ususally you put a URL into a web viewer and it displays the web page basically acting like a web browser.  But you can also put html info into a web viewer to view HTML that you have created by preceding in the calculation engine a text result starting off with "data:text/html," followed by the HTML.  When put in a web browser, it will display the HTML you created instead of pointing to a web page by the URL. 


            As Lyndsay said, tell us more and we'll see what we can suggest. 

            • 3. Re: FileMaker Parametric Search Engine

              As Lyndsay said, tell us more and we'll see what we can suggest. 




              I'd be curious to hear more details about the objective you have in mind.