How *extract* data from XHTML Transitional web pages? got xml.dom.minidom troubles..

Bruno Desthuilliers bdesth.quelquechose at
Sat Mar 3 02:46:57 CET 2007

seberino at a écrit :
> I'm trying to extract some data from an XHTML Transitional web page.
> What is best way to do this?
> xml.dom.minidom.

As a side note, cElementTree is probably a better choice. Or even a 
simple SAX parser.

>parseString("text of web page") gives errors about it
> not being well formed XML.

If it's not well-formed XML, most - if not all - XML parsers will shoke 
on it.

> Do I just need to add something like <?xml ...?> or what?

How could we say without looking at the XML ?

But anyway, even if the XHTML is crappy, BeautifulSoup may do the job...


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