View Full Version : showing results of outside searches on your own site with your own format and design

12-14-2003, 04:31 AM
i want to set up a research center that searches about 5 outside research centers and returns their results in my own design and format.... is this possible?

12-14-2003, 05:03 AM
possible ? >> yes
easy ? >> depends

...depends on the format of the results you are getting , if the resources you are searching use webservices or have thier own API (eg google) then its possible and straightforward....

If you end up having to parse HTML output then its more hassle than its worth , even though its easy enough to parse HTML output with PHP (XHTML even easier) , you have no control over if & when the supplier changes thier format and breaks your parser.

thats where XML feeds are useful , you know what to expect each and every time.

so where is your data coming from ?

12-14-2003, 04:51 PM
umm places like xreferplus.com, worldbook.com, google, askjeeves, etc.... all those places students use the most for getting their research done.