Cultuzz Digital Media has announced that it is to no longer use screen scraping and its interfaces are now XML-based.
The company asserted that screen scraping is not as reliable as an XML interface, which may scare off those looking to use screen scraping in a malicious manner.
“There is no more screen scraping within our system. Now, we can focus on intensifying the scale integration within the reservation channels and increasing the selling opportunities for the hoteliers,” commented Dr Reinhard Vogel, managing director of Cultuzz Media.
Since 2006, Cultuzz has been connecting clients to HRS, an electronic hotel reservation system.
An XML connection was not available in the past, so Cultuzz’s software engineers came up with and used an in-house electronic assistant which imitated the hotelier and automatically kept the data in the HRS extranet.
Screen scraping is one way in which malware can attack systems, according to research scientists and engineers for Intel Labs named Ravi Sahita, Ulhas Warrier and Prashant Dewan, in an article on Dr Dobb’s.