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I'm trying to change the timescale in the listbox at http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/aa/historical , before downloading the data listed.



I thought it would be possible to use _IEFormElementOptionselect, but looking at the source of the webpage the object doesn't appear to be in a form (it doesnt appear to be within any <form>, </form> brackets).


html code looks like this for the listbox:

<div class="historical-wrap">
    <div class="historical-lookup-wrap">
        <b style="display: inline;">Select the Timeframe:</b>
        <select id="ddlTimeFrame" name="ddlTimeFrame" onchange="getQuotes(false)">
            <option value="5d">5 Days</option>
                    <option value="1m">1 Month</option>
                <option value="3m" selected="selected">3 Months</option>
                        <option value="6m">6 Months</option>
                    <option value="1y">1 Year</option>
                        <option value="18m">18 Months</option>
                    <option value="2y">2 Years</option>
                        <option value="3y">3 Years</option>
                        <option value="4y">4 Years</option>
                        <option value="5y">5 Years</option>
                        <option value="6y">6 Years</option>
                        <option value="7y">7 Years</option>
                        <option value="8y">8 Years</option>
                    <option value="9y">9 Years</option>
                        <option value="10y">10 Years</option>
            <p style="margin-bottom: none; display: inline;">
            Get up to 10 years of daily historical stock prices &amp; volumes.</p>


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MY Autoit code so far looks like this:

$oIE = _IECreate("http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/aa/historical",0,0)

$oSelect = _IEGetObjByID($oIE, "ddlTimeFrame")
_IEAction($oSelect, "focus")
_IEFormElementOptionselect ($oSelect, "5d" )



$sText = _IEBodyReadHTML ($oIE)

FileWrite("nasdaqtext.html", $sText )

but the html file written definitely does not contain a 5 day table

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Solution provided by trancexx here.

#include "Winhttp.au3"

Local $sFilePath = @ScriptDir & "\HistoricalQuotes.csv"
Local $sOut = DownloadThatThing("AA", "5d")

If Not @error Then FileWrite($sFilePath, $sOut)
ConsoleWrite("!ERROR = " & @error & @CRLF)

Func DownloadThatThing($sSymbol, $sTimePeriod = "3m")

    ; Initialize and get session handle
    Local $hOpen = _WinHttpOpen()
    ; Get connection handle
    Local $hConnect = _WinHttpConnect($hOpen, "www.nasdaq.com")

    ; Fill the form (id of the form is -getFile-)
    Local $sHTML = _WinHttpSimpleFormFill($hConnect, "symbol/" & $sSymbol & "/historical", "getFile", _
            "quotes_content_left_submitString", $sTimePeriod & "|true|" & $sSymbol) ; <- filling only this (thre rest is left default)

    Local $iErr = @error ; collect error

    ; Close handles

    ; Return whatever the result
    Return SetError($iErr, 0, $sHTML)
EndFunc   ;==>DownloadThatThing
Edited by big_daddy
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Wow thanks for your help, you and trancexx got a lot further than I did.

Have you tested that method today? I keep getting "!ERROR = 1" and the csv file contains just a single zero. The code also takes 45 seconds to run before this failure. I'll try it again on another machine when I get home, in case it's a network issue

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Just tried it on my home machine and it seems fine. Problems before must have been network limitations at my workplace.

Thanks to both big_daddy and trancexx for working so hard just to help somebody like me. 

Really grateful for that.


Edited by adamchapman
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