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I need to find out if any items in my list occur in a website. I could do it manually with ctrl+f, but it would take a long time.


I have a text file with key words in this format:


I need to search text in a table on a website with this format:

RandomWord    version 1.3    ...
word1         version 1.3    ...
word2         version 2.6    ...
word5         version 1.1    ...
randomword    version 9.0    ...
word12        version 1.0    ...
...           ...            ...

If the above data was what I had, it would be nice to end up with this list:

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closed as too localized by Nifle, Indrek, Mokubai, Kez, Randolph West Sep 9 '12 at 16:31

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Note: this is not IE specific.

You could create a JS script like so and run it from the command line using "cscript.exe".

// Create object
var objXMLHTTP = new ActiveXObject("MSXML2.XMLHTTP")

// Get the web page - Change to your page!"GET", "", false);

// Your list of words
var words = ["word1", "word4", "word12", "word24"];

// Get line
if (objXMLHTTP.Status == 200) {
    // Simple regex. You can change this if needed
    var re = new RegExp("(" + words.join("|") + ")", "i");
    // Break file into lines
    var lines = objXMLHTTP.responseText.split("\n");
    // Go through each line
    for (var i = 0; i < lines.length; i++) {
        // If it's a match, print it
        if (lines[i].match(re)) {
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Thanks for this answer. I can't use it, in this case, but I appreciate your effort. This particular website updates specific page elements without sending me to a new URL, so I need to physically click stuff before I get to the table. – Gruzzles Sep 12 '12 at 11:55

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