BeautifulSoup

Peter Otten __peter__ at web.de
Wed Sep 2 10:39:34 CEST 2009


elsa wrote:

> if I have some HTML that looks like this:
> 
> <area coords="427,724,432,732" href="http://BioCyc.org/ECOLI/NEW-IMAGE?
> type=GENE-IN-CHROM-BROWSER&amp;object=EG12309" onmouseover="return
> overlib('&lt;b&gt;Gene:&lt;/b&gt; yjtD&lt;BR&gt;&lt;b&gt;Product:&lt;/
> b&gt; predicted rRNA methyltransferase, subunit of predicted rRNA
> methyltransferase&lt;BR&gt;&lt;b&gt;Intergenic distances (bp):&lt;/
> b&gt; yjjY&lt; +400 yjtD +214 &gt;thrL');"><b>Gene:</b> yjtD<br /
>><b>Product:</b> predicted rRNA methyltransferase, subunit of
> predicted rRNA methyltransferase<br /><b>Intergenic distances (bp):</
> b> yjjY< +400 yjtD +214 >thrL');" onmouseout="return nd();">
> </area>
> 
> is there an easy way to use BeautifulSoup to extract just the value of
> the href attribute?

>>> from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup as BS
>>> html = "<area ..."
>>> BS(html).find("area")["href"]
u'http://BioCyc.org/ECOLI/NEW-IMAGE?\ntype=GENE-IN-CHROM-
BROWSER&object=EG12309'





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