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Capture Web Content As Markdown

FileMaker Magazine


Learning JavaScript, while also learning FileMaker development, can seem like a daunting task. The trick is to take things little-by-little and pick up those essential skills which allow you to add in the really cool functionality.

You don't have to code your own JavaScript library. You just need to be willing to integrate them with that little bit of know-how you acquired. The great thing about this process is building the skills to be able to implement things in a quick fashion. In this video, I show you how to "hijack" a web page within the FileMaker Web Viewer object. We do this by injecting jQuery and then using another JavaScript library to convert the HTML we capture into a popular plain text format called Markdown.

By doing this, we essentially create a tool which allows us to easily and quickly pull content from the web. The bigger benefit, however, is knowing how to integrate JavaScript libraries onto the Web Viewer and being able to use our own JavaScript code to make a web page or integrated feature do the things we want it to do.

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