Good HTML Parser

Chris chrisspen at
Thu Jul 17 10:07:43 CEST 2008

Can anyone recommend a good HTML/XHTML parser, similar to
HTMLParser.HTMLParser or htmllib.HTMLParser, but able to intelligently
know that certain tags, like <br>, are implicitly closed? I need to
iterate through the entire DOM, building up a DOM path, but the stdlib
parsers aren't calling handle_endtag() for any implicitly closed tags.
I looked at BeautifulSoup, but it only seems to work by first parsing
the entire document, then allowing you to query the document
afterwards. I need something like a SAX parser.

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