Definition - What does Screen Scraping mean?
Screen scraping usually refers to a legitimate technique used to translate screen data from one application to another. It is sometimes confused with content scraping, which is the use of manual or automatic means to harvest content from a website without the approval of the website owner.
Screen scraping is sometimes referred to as terminal emulation.
Techopedia explains Screen Scraping
The screen scraping application must usually do both of the following:
- Capture screen input and pass it on to the legacy application for processing
- Return data from the application to the user and display it properly on the user's screen