Auto form submission/search
-Put a value into some form on a remote page (i.e. go to Google, put "crabcakes" into the search field) and submit it.
-On the resulting page, retrieve the value in a specific field, and store it in a field of "hidden" type in a form in the client page. That value will then be returned to the server (me) when the client submits the form.
Is something like this even possible? I can split it up into more than one step if need be, I just don't know how to go about automatically submitting things like search criteria into another website. Any help would be great.
I'm not sure if all that is possible. In your google example you could return a form to the user which mimics the search form on Google and have the page automatically submit. But, then the real problem comes up. The user will then be presented with a google page with the search results. There is no way, that I can think, of to have those results returned back to the server because you have no control over the content that is returned to the user.
I don't know anythng about your server environment, but that is where you would need to do the call to the third part page to have the results sent back to you.
This is not difficult server side however. I'm not familiar enough with Paradox to know what programming capabilites it has (for example ms access can do it), but many languages are up to the task. the general idea is the user submits the form to YOUR site, you then create a server-side http request to google and parse the response, then deliver to your web page. post back if that doesnt make sense or u need syntax help.
edit by the way... LostInParadox...great moniker. been a while since someone's name made me smile all by itself. not since the 1st time i saw the BearMay's name in hex!
Last edited by russell; 12-01-2006 at 09:02 PM.
Suggestions on the syntax to do something like that? Specifically: When the server sends the page to the client, the script - pasted into the page, triggered by onload - will put a value into a specific field into a remote site (not Google, but it might as well be Google, for sake of argument and confidentiality), and display the results for the client in a new browser window.
And, edit: Thanks on the moniker, sometimes I do really feel lost in - or at least antagonized by - this DB program
Last edited by LostInParadox; 12-04-2006 at 12:49 PM.
Go the the 3rd party site's regular form/submit page and view the source to see all the form fields. You will need to recreate the form in the page you pass to your user and populate the fields as you want them to be submitted. Then simply create an onload trigger to submit the form.
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