[Web4lib] Help with obfuscated URL

Andy Kohler akohler at ucla.edu
Thu Dec 2 18:19:39 EST 2010

They do use Cold Fusion, but their content is difficult to access
directly due either to their CMS or their design choices (or both).

A quick look at the source code shows that they use javascript (their
goto_regiment function) to submit a form (regiment_form).  This form
uses a POST, so you can't just construct a URL with parameters -
you'll need to write or copy your own javascript to do what their code

Up to you to decide whether it's worth the work.  Keep in mind, if
they change how their system works your code almost certainly will
break, so factor that risk and the maintenance into your decision.


On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 1:39 PM, Robert Sullivan
<robert.g.sullivan at gmail.com> wrote:
> O wise ones,
> I'm working on a project for the upcoming Civil War sesquicentennial
> and I'm trying to collect information about individual New York
> regiments.  I have looked at the National Park Service's Civil War
> Soldiers and Sailors System:
> <http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/>
> and it will allow me to display a list of soldiers in (for example)
> the 134th NY Infantry regiment, but because of the way they're using
> frames and Javascript I can't figure out a URL for the results.
> I wrote to them and the responder agreed that would be a useful
> capability but the system (looks like they use Cold Fusion) doesn't
> offer it.  That may be true, but I thought I would ask if anyone else
> could come up with something.
> Thanks for any ideas,
> --
> Bob Sullivan
> Schenectady Digital History Archive
> <http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/>
> Schenectady County (NY) Public Library
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