|QUOTE (d4v1d @ Monday, Jun 3 2013, 17:06)|
|I guess what I'm asking is this a really good idea? Just parsing the raw HTML documents to make a mobile app?|
Purely from a support point of view I'd try to find another option. Generally speaking if the site changes their layout in any way your app will break.
What site is it you're looking to app-ify? If it was indeed GTAF your best bet would be the printable version of each page.
For example this topic is
You'd take the showtopic value and use it for the t value here
Which is more likely to remain the same layout for a long time.
Something else to watch out for however is that in this case the printable page shows the entire topic. Your app may not last too long if it becomes popular due to the amount of load it could put the site under - and depending what the site's hosting plan is how much bandwidth it chomps down.
I'd definitely recommend seeking permission from the site first, they may even have a better option for you to use you may not know about