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For some reason, I didn't find anything about this function in the autoit forum (if there is anything, please leave a link).I'm interested in its usage, as the example for this function doesn't really help me.

I want something like this :

#code

Local $sText = ControlGetText("[CLASS:IEFrame]", "", 0)

MsgBox(0, "ControlGetText Example", "The control text is: " & $sText)

#endofcode

Here, one problem might be the ID (cause it's not "Edit1" and I used 0 because I thought it would work this way, and it kinda did, but the msgbox returned only some text, while I wanted it to return all text of the control, like all text of the webpage part - it is important for me to get the text using controlgettext).

Can you help me get the code right?( also I'm quite confused about the controlgettext, because it says I have to write the "The title of the window to access.", I don't know what I should use for CLASS : either IEFrame -> but the msgbox returns only a bit of info, either Internet Explorer_Server which is the class of the control, but that doesn't work, though I think this would have the msgbox display all text in the webpage, but this would be the CLASS of a control, not of a window and maybe this is why it doesn't work->if there is a function which I can use for getting the text of a control, please let me know. Again, I'm interested in getting all text in the webpage part and I don't know what's the right CLASS to use for this to work)

Thank you very much for your help.

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To get the content of a webpage I suggest to have a look at the IE UDF that comes with AutoIt.


My UDFs and Tutorials:

Spoiler

UDFs:
Active Directory (NEW 2017-04-18 - Version 1.4.8.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
OutlookEX (NEW 2017-02-27 - Version 1.3.1.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
ExcelChart (2015-04-01 - Version 0.4.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts
Excel - Example Scripts - Wiki
Word - Wiki
PowerPoint (2015-06-06 - Version 0.0.5.0) - Download - General Help & Support

Tutorials:
ADO - Wiki

 

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Ok.I'll look into those.Thanks.

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

From the IE.au3 I think this is the code I need ( but I still do something wrong..I don't know how I should use the parameters so that controlgettext will work -like in the example provided):

The example:

; Parameters ....: $hWin - HWND of a Internet Explorer_Server1 control obtained for example:

; $hwnd = ControlGetHandle("MyApp","","Internet Explorer_Server1")

How come "MyApp" is the title?I mean shouldn't it be something like "[CLASS:Internet Explorer_Server1]" or "AutoIt Forums - Windows Internet Explorer" or "controlgettext - General Help and Support - AutoIt Forums - Windows Internet Explore" ? ( I got those values by using Autoit Window Info)

The code (I will copy only the part of the code that I think is useful, I didn't delete the rest of IE.au3 content and no, I'm not testing this in the original IE.au3) :

$hwnd = ControlGetText("[CLASS:Internet Explorer_Server1]","", "Internet Explorer_Server1")
MsgBox(0, "ControlGetText Example", "The control text is: " & $hwnd)

Func __IEControlGetObjFromHWND(ByRef $hWin)
; The code assumes CoInitialize() succeeded due to the number of different
; yet successful return values it has.
DllCall("ole32.dll", "long", "CoInitialize", "ptr", 0)
If @error Then Return SetError(2, @error, 0)
Local Const $WM_HTML_GETOBJECT = __IERegisterWindowMessage("WM_HTML_GETOBJECT")
Local Const $SMTO_ABORTIFHUNG = 0x0002
Local $lResult
__IESendMessageTimeout($hWin, $WM_HTML_GETOBJECT, 0, 0, $SMTO_ABORTIFHUNG, 1000, $lResult)
Local $typUUID = DllStructCreate("int;short;short;byte[8]")
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 1, 0x626FC520)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 2, 0xA41E)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 3, 0x11CF)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 4, 0xA7, 1)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 4, 0x31, 2)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 4, 0x0, 3)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 4, 0xA0, 4)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 4, 0xC9, 5)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 4, 0x8, 6)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 4, 0x26, 7)
DllStructSetData($typUUID, 4, 0x37, 8)
Local $aRet = DllCall("oleacc.dll", "long", "ObjectFromLresult", "lresult", $lResult, "struct*", $typUUID, _
"wparam", 0, "idispatch*", 0)
If @error Then Return SetError(3, @error, 0)
If IsObj($aRet[4]) Then
Local $oIE = $aRet[4] .Script()
; $oIE is now a valid IDispatch object
Return $oIE.document.parentwindow
Else
Return SetError(1, $aRet[0], 0)
EndIf
EndFunc ;==>__IEControlGetObjFromHWND

I apperciate your help.

--

And what's with CoInitialize() ?Shouldn't this function be in the file or #included?

--

A really useful UDF would be :

_IEFormElementGetValue

But I'll have to test a bit...

Edited by trnew

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I really don't get what you try to do. Can you please post a screenshot, maybe we get an idea?


My UDFs and Tutorials:

Spoiler

UDFs:
Active Directory (NEW 2017-04-18 - Version 1.4.8.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
OutlookEX (NEW 2017-02-27 - Version 1.3.1.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
ExcelChart (2015-04-01 - Version 0.4.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts
Excel - Example Scripts - Wiki
Word - Wiki
PowerPoint (2015-06-06 - Version 0.0.5.0) - Download - General Help & Support

Tutorials:
ADO - Wiki

 

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trnew,

When water referred you to the IE* functions I think he had something more like this in mind (return all text from this thread)

#include <IE.au3>

_IEErrorHandlerRegister('IE_ERR')

Local $oIE = _IECreate('http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/150182-controlgettext/', 0, 0, 1, 0)

ConsoleWrite(_get_text($oIE) & @LF)

_IEErrorHandlerDeRegister()

Func _get_text($oIE)

    Local $ret_str

    Local $odivs = _IETagNameGetCollection($oIE, 'div')
    For $odiv In $odivs
        If $odiv.classname == 'post entry-content ' Then $ret_str &= $odiv.innerText & @LF
    Next

    Return $ret_str

EndFunc   ;==>_get_text

Func IE_ERR()
    ; Important: the error object variable MUST be named $oIEErrorHandler
    Local $ErrorScriptline = $oIEErrorHandler.scriptline
    Local $ErrorNumber = $oIEErrorHandler.number
    Local $ErrorNumberHex = Hex($oIEErrorHandler.number, 8)
    Local $ErrorDescription = StringStripWS($oIEErrorHandler.description, 2)
    Local $ErrorWinDescription = StringStripWS($oIEErrorHandler.WinDescription, 2)
    Local $ErrorSource = $oIEErrorHandler.Source
    Local $ErrorHelpFile = $oIEErrorHandler.HelpFile
    Local $ErrorHelpContext = $oIEErrorHandler.HelpContext
    Local $ErrorLastDllError = $oIEErrorHandler.LastDllError
    Local $ErrorOutput = ""
    $ErrorOutput &= "--> COM Error Encountered in " & @ScriptName & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorScriptline = " & $ErrorScriptline & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorNumberHex = " & $ErrorNumberHex & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorNumber = " & $ErrorNumber & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorWinDescription = " & $ErrorWinDescription & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorDescription = " & $ErrorDescription & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorSource = " & $ErrorSource & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorHelpFile = " & $ErrorHelpFile & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorHelpContext = " & $ErrorHelpContext & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorLastDllError = " & $ErrorLastDllError
    MsgBox(0, "COM Error", $ErrorOutput)
    SetError(1)
    Return
EndFunc   ;==>IE_ERR

That seems to be what you are asking with this

Again, I'm interested in getting all text in the webpage part and I don't know what's the right CLASS to use for this to work)

Not sure what you mean by this

all text of the webpage part - it is important for me to get the text using controlgettext).

kylomas


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Ok.I'll upload a .swf file.I open the .swf file with internet explorer (Allow block content ...) and it plays my movie in which I have a string of chars and numbers. I want something like an IE function that can search what I want through that IE page and then msgbox me "Value found".For example I search for "num" (without quotes) a msgbox will appaer saying "Value found".

Well, I guess this won't work.I can't upload .swf files (for personal security I guess).I'll change the extension to .txt and after you donwload it you can change it back to .swf so it will work.Please let me know if this is not allowed..though I really wanted to know how this kind of search would be performed.

find.txt

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#8 ·  Posted (edited)

Wait.Sorry I guess that couldn't be possible because of the image-like layers...I have a better file example ( top left side "asdds" is static text - don't think I could find this. top right side "sadqs" is dynamic text. bottom right side "asdasd" is input text ).I'm interested if I could find the input text and dynamic text ( there's not relation between them, but they are selectable and I think this way I could search for them and find them ).

Again, I changed the .swf extension to .txt..

Edit :

Thanks for the example kylomas.I'm really sorry I confused you..

goodexample.txt

Edited by trnew

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@kylomas

Once i'm presented with a script I try to see how it works

Didn't have time to check your script then ( i just got to it now), but when I tested it, it didn't work, nothing was displayed(or I don't know what it actually does).It's complicated and it's to be expected as I requested help with something that it's not that easy.Could you please explain how it works? Especially the part with "Return $ret_str" .In what maner does it return the text?( mabybe it's just me, but I think it would display only encountered errors , because of that MsgBox(0, "COM Error", $ErrorOutput) function)

I modified the code (now it's been dimmed to my view of things..cause I don't know how your code works... amazigly the script survived my cutting after I modifed it to get all the text from this webpage through a msgbox):

#include <IE.au3>
Local $oIE = _IECreate('http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/150182-controlgettext/', 0, 0, 1, 0)
ConsoleWrite(_get_text($oIE) & @LF)
Func _get_text($oIE)
    Local $ret_str
    Local $odivs = _IETagNameGetCollection($oIE, 'div')
    For $odiv In $odivs
        If $odiv.classname == 'post entry-content ' Then $ret_str &= $odiv.innerText & @LF
    Next
    MsgBox(0, "thread", $ret_str)
EndFunc   ;==>_get_text

Or would it be like this :

#include <IE.au3>
_IEErrorHandlerRegister('IE_ERR')
Local $oIE = _IECreate('http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/150182-controlgettext/', 0, 0, 1, 0)
ConsoleWrite(_get_text($oIE) & @LF)
_IEErrorHandlerDeRegister()
Func _get_text($oIE)
    Local $ret_str
    Local $odivs = _IETagNameGetCollection($oIE, 'div')
    For $odiv In $odivs
        If $odiv.classname == 'post entry-content ' Then $ret_str &= $odiv.innerText & @LF
    Next
MsgBox(0, "thread", $ret_str)
EndFunc   ;==>_get_text
Func IE_ERR()
    ; Important: the error object variable MUST be named $oIEErrorHandler
    Local $ErrorScriptline = $oIEErrorHandler.scriptline
    Local $ErrorNumber = $oIEErrorHandler.number
    Local $ErrorNumberHex = Hex($oIEErrorHandler.number, 8)
    Local $ErrorDescription = StringStripWS($oIEErrorHandler.description, 2)
    Local $ErrorWinDescription = StringStripWS($oIEErrorHandler.WinDescription, 2)
    Local $ErrorSource = $oIEErrorHandler.Source
    Local $ErrorHelpFile = $oIEErrorHandler.HelpFile
    Local $ErrorHelpContext = $oIEErrorHandler.HelpContext
    Local $ErrorLastDllError = $oIEErrorHandler.LastDllError
    Local $ErrorOutput = ""
    $ErrorOutput &= "--> COM Error Encountered in " & @ScriptName & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorScriptline = " & $ErrorScriptline & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorNumberHex = " & $ErrorNumberHex & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorNumber = " & $ErrorNumber & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorWinDescription = " & $ErrorWinDescription & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorDescription = " & $ErrorDescription & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorSource = " & $ErrorSource & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorHelpFile = " & $ErrorHelpFile & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorHelpContext = " & $ErrorHelpContext & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorLastDllError = " & $ErrorLastDllError
    Return $ErrorOutput
    SetError(1)
    Return
EndFunc   ;==>IE_ERR

What I want to know is the difference between what my code does and yours (which of course it's better, but I don't understand it).If I'm to understand those UDFs I got to ask a lot of questions..I'm sorry for bothering you, so thinking about this, do you know where I can find information about those .innertext, .classname etc things?I think it would be useful if I start with learning how to use those.

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trnew,

but when I tested it, it didn't work, nothing was displayed

This is probably my fault. The consolewrite displays the returned value ($ret_str) in the lower SCITE pane. Are you using the FULL SCITE editor?

"Return $ret_str"

In short, this sends back to whatever called the function the contents of $ret_str. The "Functions" section of the Help file might interest you.

What I want to know is the difference between what my code does and yours

If you are referring to the original code that you posted, you are operating on a control directly whereas I am interfacing with the IE object. As to which is better, I guess that depend on what you are trying to do. I have never used code similar to yours and have never had a need to operate on a control. Maybe one of the heavy weights has an opinion.

do you know where I can find information about those .innertext, .classname etc things?

The simple, smart ass reply is MSDN. Unfortunately it's also true. One way that I found helpfull for me to get through that pile of spaghetti is to search on a term and start reading all of the related items (note - I have NO Windows programming experience so this is all a crap shoot for me).

One last comment, given your relative inexperience with Autoit (shows from the questions you ask) you will be well served reading the Help documentation thoroughly. You will also find that mostly anything can be solved using the forum and search.

(...Hmmm..this seems like a long winded way of saying nothing...)

Good Luck,

kylomas


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1) No, I am sorry o:) ...It was actually my fault.The code worked really well and the console displayed it well.Yes, I'm using the full version of Scite editor ( ithought it would be good to get so I don't have a surprise later like "oops why doesn't this function work ?!" )

2) Thanks for clearing up things and yes, I don't really have experience in autoit scripting ( more like one week experience ).So I thought at first I should take a look at the help file ...I will do this in the near future I hope.And I decided to take a longer look at IE functions.I will just exercise now and, if you/anybody would want to help me with what i'll be testing, i'd really appreciate it.

I like your code..but I tried to make things different a bit ( just to exercise ).So I thought about displaying all the coments of this webpage in an IE_embedded object ( I know I can do this just by using IEnavigate, but I don't want this because ..it's the purpose of my exercise to do this my way ).For this I thought I should use _IEDocInsertText (maybe it's not the best way, but this is what I think to be fit -more for exercising but anyway - and if this can be done by using this function I want to know how) and insert the text you got by running your script - specifically the _get_text($oIE) function - into the IE_embedded object.So, I wrote the code and..as you probably guessed, it didn't work..

I don't know what my mistakes are ( myabe the for...next doesn't work well if I use it like I used it in the code below, or maybe I got some varaible wrong ).

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#include <IE.au3>
_IEErrorHandlerRegister('IE_ERR')
Global $oIE = _IECreate('http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/150182-controlgettext/', 0, 0, 1, 0)

  $obj = _IECreateEmbedded()
 GUICreate("Embedded Test", 640, 580, _
        (@DesktopWidth - 640) / 2, (@DesktopHeight - 580) / 2, _
        $WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW + $WS_VISIBLE + $WS_CLIPSIBLINGS + $WS_CLIPCHILDREN)
GUICtrlCreateObj($obj, 10, 40, 600, 360)

GUISetState()
_get_text($oIE)
While 1
    Select
        Case GUIGetMsg() = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
EndSelect
WEnd
GUIDelete()


_IEErrorHandlerDeRegister()
Func _get_text($oIE)
    Global $ret_str
    Global $odivs = _IETagNameGetCollection($oIE, 'div')
    For $odiv In $odivs
        If $odiv.classname == 'post entry-content ' Then $ret_str &= $odiv.innerText & @LF
    Next
_IEDocInsertText($obj, $ret_str)
EndFunc   ;==>_get_text

Func IE_ERR()
    ; Important: the error object variable MUST be named $oIEErrorHandler
    Local $ErrorScriptline = $oIEErrorHandler.scriptline
    Local $ErrorNumber = $oIEErrorHandler.number
    Local $ErrorNumberHex = Hex($oIEErrorHandler.number, 8)
    Local $ErrorDescription = StringStripWS($oIEErrorHandler.description, 2)
    Local $ErrorWinDescription = StringStripWS($oIEErrorHandler.WinDescription, 2)
    Local $ErrorSource = $oIEErrorHandler.Source
    Local $ErrorHelpFile = $oIEErrorHandler.HelpFile
    Local $ErrorHelpContext = $oIEErrorHandler.HelpContext
    Local $ErrorLastDllError = $oIEErrorHandler.LastDllError
    Local $ErrorOutput = ""
    $ErrorOutput &= "--> COM Error Encountered in " & @ScriptName & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorScriptline = " & $ErrorScriptline & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorNumberHex = " & $ErrorNumberHex & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorNumber = " & $ErrorNumber & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorWinDescription = " & $ErrorWinDescription & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorDescription = " & $ErrorDescription & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorSource = " & $ErrorSource & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorHelpFile = " & $ErrorHelpFile & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorHelpContext = " & $ErrorHelpContext & @CR
    $ErrorOutput &= "----> $ErrorLastDllError = " & $ErrorLastDllError
    MsgBox(0, "COM Error", $ErrorOutput)
    SetError(1)
    Return
EndFunc   ;==>IE_ERR

Thanks for your help and I hope I'm not bothering anyone with my help requests.

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