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    Arnold is offline Advanced Beginner
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    Extracting information from a URL into an access data fields

    Hello
    I would like to know if its possible to extract information from a URL into an access data fields.


    By creating a Table for Competitors and storing the item url in each table so that the table looks like this
    CompetitorName , URL, Price, InStock
    I would need the price and Instock fields to be auto up dated for each item through its item url link.


    Is there a code that can accomplish this?

    Thanks

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    I store URL's as literal text in fields of data type Text

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    Arnold is offline Advanced Beginner
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    Thank you for your reply.

    How about automated extraction of the price and instock status that are in the url link for each item is there a code or set of codes that are available to accomplish this?

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    I use:

    Code:
    sURL = "http://MYWEBSITE.COM"
    temp = ExecuteWebRequest(sURL)
    
    Function ExecuteWebRequest(ByVal url As String) As String
    Dim oXHTTP As Object
    If InStr(1, url, "?", 1) <> 0 Then
        url = url & "&cb=" & Timer() * 100
    Else
        url = url & "?cb=" & Timer() * 100
    End If
    Set oXHTTP = CreateObject("MSXML2.XMLHTTP")
    oXHTTP.Open "GET", url, False
    oXHTTP.send
    ExecuteWebRequest = oXHTTP.responseText
    Set oXHTTP = Nothing
    End Function

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    Arnold is offline Advanced Beginner
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    Thanks
    Can I share with you one item example url and the html elements and you could kindly direct me where these should be entered to achieve the desired results?

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hoover-2X-...32-oz/19232297
    <span class="bigPriceText1"> This is the dollar
    <span class="smallPriceText1"> This is the cents
    <span class="BodyLBoldGreen"> This is the InStock

    Also
    If you could just let me know into which of the three fields I should be entering the code info into
    URL, Price, InStock

    Thanks again for your speedy response

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