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Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by computerman29642, Nov 2, 2011.

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  1. computerman29642

    computerman29642 Thread Starter

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    Is there a way to create some kind of link to a website to bring in a synopsis of movies? I am creating a databse for my movies, and would like a brief description of the movie without having to insert it myself.

    Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. OBP

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    Welcome back.
    I can't help you with this one as I never do anything with the web.
    I did write an Excel macro for pasting previously copied data from the web, but nothing Access.
     
  3. Rockn

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    It can be done, but if the URL's are dynamic it probably won't work. Is there an example of what you are trying to get from a movie web site/s in question?
     
  4. spatha

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    Even with dynamic URLs you could write a function that uses a website's search bar to find the movie. Then all you should need is a little string manipulation to parse the source code down to just the description. I use similar functions every day.
     
  5. spatha

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    Is this what you're looking for?
     

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    Spatha, that is exactly what I am trying to accomplish. However, I would like for the description to be there without pressing a command button. Also, the entire description is not being populated.
     
  7. computerman29642

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    Rockn....I would like to pull in the little summary of movies from a website, so that i dont have to type ii in manually.
     
  8. spatha

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    I have updated it so that the description is pulled after you enter a movie name instead of when you click the button. I have set a 250 character limit to the description because a plain text field in an access table can only hold 255 characters.
     

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    You will also run into issues with shorter descriptions if you use a 255 character limit because it will start pulling in HTML tags unless you account for those as well.
     
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    How would I account for the tags? Can this be done in excel as well? Is there a way to once the description has been pulled in, it remains without having to pull it in each time?
     
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