beautiful soup get class info

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Mar 7 02:48:59 CET 2014


On 07/03/2014 01:37, teddybubu at gmail.com wrote:
> On Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:28:06 PM UTC-6, John Gordon wrote:
>> In <ae5b837c-501d-498e-bd3a-3b2c709c42b0 at googlegroups.com>  writes:
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>>>> soup.find_all(name="span", class="date")
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>>> I have python 2.7.2 and it does not like class in the code you provided.
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>> Oh right, 'class' is a reserved word.  I imagine beautifulsoup has
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>> a workaround for that.
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>>> Now when I take out [ class="date"], this is returned:
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>>>     [<span class="date">March 5, 2014</span>, <span class="date">March 5, 2014</span>]
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>>>
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>>> This is the code I am using: "data = soup.find_all(name="span")
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>>> print (data)"
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>>> 1. it returns today's date instead of the actual date
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>>> 2. returns it twice
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>> Are there two occurrences of '<span class="date">March 5, 2014</span>'
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>> in the HTML?  If so, then beautifulsoup is doing its job correctly.
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>> It might help if you posted the sample HTML data you're working with.
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>> --
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>> John Gordon         Imagine what it must be like for a real medical doctor to
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>>     watch 'House', or a real serial killer to watch 'Dexter'.
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> ok I got this working. now to the next problem.... thanks.
>

I'm pleased to see that you have a solution.  Now, should you wish to 
ask further questions, would you please read and action this first 
https://wiki.python.org/moin/GoogleGroupsPython to prevent us seeing the 
double line spacing above, thanks.

-- 
My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask 
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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