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Script for importing data from a webpage

Posted on 2004-09-10
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Would like to import data from this webpage http://www.elia-artschools.org/links/members.htm ... into a fileMaker Pro 7 Database. The fields required are Name, Address, Country and website.

One example is as follows;

Name: Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries Faculty
Address: Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove
Brisbane 3006
Country: Australia
Website: www.creativeindustries.qut.edu.au

a universal script for this kind of stuff, as it is done regularly for address retrieval.
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The structure of the html file being regular, you can copy/paste the chart in an ascii file, import it in FM, and make a loop to flatten 4 lines of data into 1 to recuperate a record.

Create 4 global fields, name_tmp, address_tmp, toww_tmp, member_tmp

flattening script:

Goto first line,
loop
copy the name to name_tmp,
copy member to member_tmp,
delete this line,
copy the address to adress_tmp
delete again,
copy town to town_tmp
delete again
paste name_tmp to name, address_tmp to address, town_tmp to town, member_tmp to member
goto next (end of script at last)
end of loop

Before you do this, it might be worth trying to get the data from the back office of this site as this is probably kept in a database?
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