Automate browser actions

Posted on 2009-07-07
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Last Modified: 2013-12-08
Our business buys sales leads by bidding on an on-line auction site. This means that someone has to go to the site two or three time an hour to go through a sequence of buttons and screens to update our bid. They don't input any different information. How can I automate this so that they can run a single script that selects the fields and buttons in the correct sequence.
Question by:cdjohn31
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darbid73 earned 2000 total points
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Most likely you are going to have to use a programming language that can read the HTML DOM (Document Object Model).

You would first need to get control of Internet Explorer as an object and then be able to read the HTML documents that the web page gives you.

Once you are there your program can read all the tags and text on the page and check/click etc.

It is not perfect for example if the page is slow you have to have a lot of error traps and waits in place or your program will continue working without the new document there also I have found that Frames can be a nightmare.

Depending on the number of pages, clickes etc it may take a bit of programming.


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The solution was much too vague
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The question asks if there is a way to automate the navigation of an internet site and the clicking of buttons on that internat site.

A vague answer in relation to the question would be "YES".

The solution takes the Yes and expands on it quite well I think.


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