[Tutor] Scraping gov site: site looking for Flash player

Benno Lang transmogribenno at gmail.com
Tue Apr 6 01:38:55 CEST 2010

On 6 April 2010 03:31, Roy Hinkelman <royhink at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am using urllib2 to open some government pages, and they have some js
> checking for Flash on my computer.
> Is there a way to show them that I have flash? Or possibly another solution?

>From reading the JavaScript, you should fetch the URL
domain.tld/doc.php?flash=true&doc=2 instead of domain.tld/ as the
first URL.

> var flashPage = "/doc.php?flash=true&doc=2";     // The location of the
> flash movie page

This is the JS that specifies the desired redirect location. You could
open the original URL in a flash-capable browser to work out where to
go as well.

However, if the site is flash-based, you probably won't be able to get
any useful info from it.


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