Using win32Com with Internet Explorer

Toby Dickenson mbel44 at
Mon Feb 19 13:31:05 EST 2001

David Fuess <fuess at> wrote:

>Pardon my directness, but isn't it rather foolish to go messing around
>with IE and COM when Python provides libraries for this purpose. I've
>implemented many crawlers using urllib, httplib, and htmllib to fetch,
>parse, and follow URL threads.

For many cases the IE-based code is better. For example, it uses IE's
proxy configuration and local cache.

If you need to redistribute a script to someone else, then a working
IE configuration is probably something you can rely on.

Toby Dickenson
tdickenson at

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