Reproducing a web page and add own content to it.

LaundroMat Laundro at
Tue Apr 8 21:55:24 CEST 2008

On Apr 8, 4:11 pm, Steve Holden <st... at> wrote:
> LaundroMat wrote:
> > On Apr 8, 2:04 pm, "Diez B. Roggisch" <de... at> wrote:
> >> LaundroMat wrote:
> >>> Hi -
> >>> I'm working on a Django powered site where one of the required
> >>> functionalities is the possibility of displaying the content of
> >>> external pages, with an extra banner at the top where specific
> >>> information is displayed. In other words, I'm looking for a way to
> >>> reproduce an existing web page and add some HTML code to it. (I can't
> >>> think of an example right now, but the idea is similar to sites that
> >>> let you see an external page and have some site-specific text above it
> >>> (often stating that the content below is not part of the site the user
> >>> comes from)).
> >>> To test this, I've been downloading an external page, adding some text
> >>> to it and re-opening it in a browser (with the help of built-in
> >>> modules such as urllib2 etc). This works of course, but the external
> >>> page's links such as <img src="hello.png">, or <a href="help.html">
> >>> are evidently no longer correct.
> >>> Apart from parsing the whole file and trying to inject the external
> >>> site's domain in links such as the above (with the added inconvenience
> >>> of having to store the external page locally), is there an easier way
> >>> of accomplishing what I want?
> >> Using a frame?
> >> Diez
> > Ack. I was too focused on importing the external web page and
> > redisplaying the information (I've just been reading up on
> > BeautifulSoup) instead of looking for an HTML based approach.
> > Thanks!
> You could also look at adding a <base> tag to your generated page's
> <head> section.
> regards
>   Steve
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> Holden Web LLC    

True, but I suppose that users would no longer see the top banner
added by me when they click on one of the links on the external site's
page. I'm a bit hesitant about using frames however, but reading up on
them makes me think the application I have in mind for them might be
the generally accepted exception to the rule that frames are bad :)

Anyway. Thanks for the help!

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