Noob trying to parse bad HTML using xml.etree.ElementTree

Morten Guldager morten.guldager at
Sun Dec 30 10:52:33 CET 2012

'Aloha Friends!

I'm trying to process some HTML using xml.etree.ElementTree
Problem is that the HTML I'm trying to read have some not properly closed
tags, as the <img> shown in line 8 below.

  1 from xml.etree import ElementTree
  3 tree = ElementTree
  4 e = tree.fromstring(
  5     """
  6         <html>
  7             <body>
  8                 <img src='mogul.jpg'>
  9             </body>
 10         </html>
 11     """)

Python whines: xml.etree.ElementTree.ParseError: mismatched tag: line 5,
column 14

I definitely do want to work DOM style, having the whole shebang loaded
into a nice structure before I start the real work.

Question is if it's possible to tweak xml.etree.ElementTree to accept, and
understand sloppy html, or if you have suggestions for similar easy to use
framework, preferably among the included batteries?

/Morten %-)
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