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Alright so heres a little background information on the script im making in case it helps everyone understand. I have a list of businesses I need to gather a yellowpages link for, compiled into a txt file. It can already read that txt file and input the business name and address into yellowpages and submit it.

What would be the easiest way to go about clicking the search result link that matches my business information that I inputed?

Here is an example link: http://www.yellowpages.com/2929-southwest-fwy-houston-tx-77098/greenway-inn?g=2929+Southwest+Fwy%2C+Houston%2C+TX+77098&q=greenway+inn

I need it to click the correct link to the business page so that I can save its url. Keep in mind I have no way of knowing what the link text is going to be. The only variable I have saved that could be used to help identify the link is the Address. I would post the page source but its REALLY long and im not sure how to do it correctly. You can easily get it by going to that link above though.

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Any tips on how to get started?

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Start out by trying all the example scripts in the help file under the _IE* functions. That will give you ideas.

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Start out by trying all the example scripts in the help file under the _IE* functions. That will give you ideas.

:graduated:

I've been going over as many functions as I can to try and find one useful for my situation but I'm to inexperienced to know what I'm looking for exactly. I know close to nothing about how html is organized so I can't figure out what variables I'm trying to look for in the source. I also cant tell if the address text is in some way attached to the link so that I can check that text and then click the link if it matches.

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Here is the chunk of code I need to mess with, how would I go about pulling out the address and the url? the whole "class, div, span, id" thing has me completely lost. I'm pretty sure this code is repeated around 10 times per page so I need a way to access each section of this code in its 10 different instances to check the address and url in each.

</h3>
<span class="listing-address adr">
<span class="street-address">
2401 Brookhollow Plaza Dr,
</span>
<span class="city-state"><span class="locality">Arlington</span>,
<span class="region">TX</span>
<span class="postal-code">76006</span>
</span>
</span>
 
<a href="/arlington-tx/mip/hawthorn-suites-arlington-dfw-south-5601644/map?lid=5601644" class="map-link" rel="nofollow"><span class='raquo'>&raquo;</span> Map</a>
<span class="business-phone phone">
(817) 640-1188
</span>
<span class="additional-phones">
 
</span>
<div class="distance">
0 miles
</div>

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I've been going over as many functions as I can to try and find one useful for my situation but I'm to inexperienced to know what I'm looking for exactly. I know close to nothing about how html is organized so I can't figure out what variables I'm trying to look for in the source. I also cant tell if the address text is in some way attached to the link so that I can check that text and then click the link if it matches.

What you want to do is not a beginner's problem. If you are not willing to learn the basics first you can't be helped.

There is no one command that will magically do this. Start with the basic tutorials in the help file. When you have the AutoIt basics down, try the example scripts under the _IE* functions and see how they work. You'll learn something about the IE Document Object Model (DOM) in the process, and then you'll be ready to start working on this problem.

:graduated:


Valuater's AutoIt 1-2-3, Class... Is now in Session!For those who want somebody to write the script for them: RentACoder"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced." -- Geek's corollary to Clarke's law

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Alright I hope I'm on the right track with this. Can you tell me if I'm getting close?

My function works all the way up until:

if $h.className = "business-name fn org" Then
            $clicktxt = $h.GetElementsByTagName("A")
            msgbox(0,'', $clicktxt.href)
            _IENavigate($oIE,$clicktxt.href)
      endif

The if statement works I know that for sure. But it doesn't know what ".href" is. It acts like me looking for the <A> tag inside of the Tag <H3> is alright but I'm not sure if that's possible. I hope it is because its going to make this program a lot easier to write.

HTML Source

<H3 class="business-name fn org" sizcache="11955" sizset="0">
<A class="no-tracks url " href="http://www.yellowpages.com/arlington-tx/mip/hawthorn-suites-arlington-dfw-south-5601644?lid=5601644">Hawthorn Suites Arlington-Dfw South</A> 
</H3>

My Code

Func Yellowpages($pName,$pAddress)
    _IENavigate($oIE,"http://www.yellowpages.com/")
    $oForm = _IEFormGetObjByName ($oIE, "searchform-form")
    $Query1 = _IEFormElementGetObjByName ($oForm, "search-terms")
    _IEFormElementSetValue ($Query1, $pName)
    $Query2 = _IEFormElementGetObjByName ($oForm, "search-location")
    _IEFormElementSetValue ($Query2, $pAddress)
    _IEFormSubmit ($oForm)
    
    $hfind = $oIE.document.GetElementsByTagName("h3") 
    For $h in $hfind
        if $h.className = "business-name fn org" Then
            $clicktxt = $h.GetElementsByTagName("A")
            msgbox(0,'', $clicktxt.href)
            _IENavigate($oIE,$clicktxt.href)
        endif
    Next

    
EndFunc

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Still having trouble getting this to work, any tips?

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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

GetElementsByTagName returns a collection, not a single object. $clicktxt.href is therefore invalid. If you used _IETagnameGetCollection you'd get the advantage of IE.au3's error handling.

Also, change

if $h.className = "business-name fn org" Then

to

if String($h.className) = "business-name fn org" Then

because, if the element does not have a class, $h.className returns numeric 0, an interger comparison is performed with a sting (which evaluates to an integer 0) and returns True every time.

Dale

Edited by DaleHohm

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