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MooTools 1.3 Cookbook by Jay Larry G. Johnston

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Screen scraping a portion of another web page

Grabbing data from another web page can either be illegal or a last ditch effort to overcome a data issue. The industry pet name for grabbing another web page and parsing out the needed data is called "Screen Scraping".

Note

Remember, screen scraping a website that we do not have permission to use the data from is illegal and can land us and our firm in a lot of unnecessary hot water!

Getting ready

All the legal mumbo-jumbo aside, screen scraping has many legal, and purposeful uses. To implement this recipe, imagine a scenario whereby the menu of one internal, company-owned website needs to be displayed within an area of another, separately maintained, company-owned website. Using a web service or other ...

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