Web Crawler - Python or Perl?

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at behnel.de
Mon Jun 9 23:08:43 CEST 2008


Ray Cote wrote:
> Beautiful Soup is a bit slower, but it will actually parse some of the
> bizarre HTML you'll download off the web.
[...]
> I don't know if some of the quicker parsers discussed require
> well-formed HTML since I've not used them. You may want to consider
> using one of the quicker HTML parsers and, when they throw a fit on the
> downloaded HTML, drop back to Beautiful Soup -- which usually gets
> _something_ useful off the page.

So does lxml.html. And if you still feel like needing BS once in a while,
there's lxml.html.soupparser.

http://codespeak.net/lxml/elementsoup.html

Stefan



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