getfirst and re

Victor Subervi victorsubervi at
Wed Jan 6 18:31:41 CET 2010

On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM, Tim Chase <python.list at>wrote:

> But if you're using it on HTML form text, regexps are usually the wrong
> tool, and you should be using an HTML parser (such as BeautifulSoup) that
> knows how to handle odd text and escapings better and more robustly than
> regexps will.

I have an automatically generated HTML form from which I need to extract
data to the script which this form calls (to which the information is sent).
I believe BeautifulSoup is geared to scraping pages that exist permanently
on the web. By the time BeautifulSoup was called, this page would be gone.
Any other ideas?
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