[BangPypers] HTML Parsing in python

Ramkumar R artagnon at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 14:49:13 CEST 2009

> +1 Beautiful Soup

The author is no longer interested in maintaining BeautifulSoup (see
http://www.crummy.com/software/BeautifulSoup/3.1-problems.html). The
BeautifulSoup port to Python 3.x is pretty terrible, as it's based on
the error intolerant HTMLParser. While it's a fantastic library for
beginners (I recall that my first Python program was a BeautifulSoup
screen scraper), I wouldn't recommend that you use it on production.
You might want to check out html5lib which is still at its infancy
stages, or use cElementTree (the ElementTree implementation in C).

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