- Screen Scraper
- A technique for reading the context of a screen (or form) into an
application. A screen scraper allows an application to read data from a
second application where the second application would not otherwise provide
a mechanism to supply that data.
For example, screen scrapers provide one means of interfacing to old legacy systems and might be used in place of a dumb terminal. They can also be used with modern systems, for example a screen scraper could be used to read information from an on-line banking form - a secure application that would not otherwise permit information to be obtained by an application.
Screen scrapers normally provide some means to control the application/form that they are scraping. They are normally customised for a specific application or form.
cf Web Scraper.