Autofill a web page

Devin Asay devin_asay at byu.edu
Thu Jul 9 19:15:42 CEST 2015


On Jul 9, 2015, at 11:09 AM, Devin Asay <devin_asay at byu.edu> wrote:

> 
> On Jul 9, 2015, at 11:01 AM, Peter Haworth <pete at lcsql.com> wrote:
> 
>> I am currently filling out a form several times a day to report aircraft
>> noise incidents.  The form requires me to complete a number of fields that
>> end up with the same value every time with others that are specific to each
>> instance of the form.
>> 
>> 
>> Would it be possible for me to write a Livecode app that would prefill
>> certain fields with default values from preferences so all I have to do is
>> fill the other fields manually?
> 
> Probably not, if you’re talking about sending the fill-in values to the web browser page from another app. (I’m no expert in that; others may have ideas.)
> 
> But what you may be able to do is recreate the web form in a LiveCode stack and use the stack to submit the form contents to the web service. It would involve examining the code for the web page and finding the <form> tag. I describe the process here for GET method forms:
> 
> http://livecode.byu.edu/internet/getMethodSteps.php
> 
> And here for PUT method forms:
> 
> http://livecode.byu.edu/internet/postMethodSteps.php
> 
> If the forms are basic html, and it sounds like they might be given the lack of sophistication (i.e., no pre-fill or remembering past inputs), it may be relatively simple.

I should have added, once the form is recreated in your stack you have complete control over auto-filling fields; I’m sure you can work that part out on your own.

D

Devin Asay
Office of Digital Humanities
Brigham Young University




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