Solved

Netscape API

Posted on 1998-09-21
1
340 Views
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
I am writing an application which needs to "drive" several other apps. It acts as a virtual user, navigating and entering data into these other apps as if a real user was at the keyboard & mouse. It controls other apps via various means:
  - The other programs’ API calls (if any exist).
  - DDE calls (if any exist).
  - Determining the condition of the other app by reading its fields, labels, & buttons via Win32 API calls.
  - Posting click & keyboard events via Win32 API calls.
  - The Visual Basic "SendKeys" command.

I am not doing any OLE automation (mainly because I am not familiar with it).

So far, I have been pretty successful with a few apps, but I seem to have hit a brick wall trying to control Netscape. As I understand it, the Netscape API is implemented as a series of 27 DDE calls, documented at http://home.netscape.com/newsref/std/ddeapi.html. They seem centered around very high level actions such as selecting a URL and the browser environment, but not contents of the browser itself. I can determine the buttons’ text on the browser window via Win32 API calls, but when I send Win32 API messages to the buttons (such as "click" the button) the messages seem to be ignored.

Question: is there a more complete API set for Netscape? Would OLE be of any significant use?
0
Comment
Question by:parkerea
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
 

Accepted Solution

by:
WolfgangRitter earned 100 total points
ID: 1817062
Yes... the API is available at developer.netscape.com.  If you want it even more in-depth, you could check out the Netscape sourcecode at www.mozilla.org.
0

Featured Post

On Demand Webinar: Networking for the Cloud Era

Did you know SD-WANs can improve network connectivity? Check out this webinar to learn how an SD-WAN simplified, one-click tool can help you migrate and manage data in the cloud.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Bada platform is becoming more and more famous this days and people talking about same. Some friends included those who have bada OS mobile asked me "what is bada?"and "what its features?". That encouraged me to research and write this article. [st…
I annotated my article on ransomware somewhat extensively, but I keep adding new references and wanted to put a link to the reference library.  Despite all the reference tools I have on hand, it was not easy to find a way to do this easily. I finall…
Google currently has a new report that is in beta and coming soon to Webmaster Tool accounts. This Micro Tutorial will highlight new features for Google Webmaster Tools.
How to create a custom search shortcut to site-search Experts Exchange using Google in the Firefox browser. This eliminates the need to type out site:experts-exchange.com whenever you want to search the site. Launch your Bookmark Menu: Press 'Ctrl +…

630 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question