Request external website data using jQuery ajax

I’ve tried reading up about this and not really sure where to start, so hoping somebody will be able to point me in the right direction.

Basically I’m trying to use jQuery ajax to read an external website and retrieve a list of links from it. No particular reason as such at the moment, just wanted to see if I could challenge myself by doing it.

In doing so I’ve read up a little about the Same Origin Policy and understand it (sort of) but could do with some pointers.

Is this possible to do? I’ve been looking at the scrabble points calculator used by Kate Spanos, for example, and her jQuery code contains some ajax which appears to check dictionary websites and work on some of the output.

Could somebody point me in the right direction, or am I barking up the wrong tree and is it basically impossible to do without some other technical knowledge.


PS I am a ‘noob’, so please be as gentle as possible. We all have to start somewhere with this stuff so please don’t shoot me down…Thanks in advance.

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