[Tutor] returning table elements with Beautiful Soup

Bill Kranec billk at fastmail.fm
Sat Mar 5 05:05:53 CET 2005


I'm trying to use Beautiful Soup to scrape some data out of an HTML 
table.  I can do this using

table = soup("td", {'class' : 'yfnc_tabledata1' })

However, if I try

for entry in table:

I get: AttributeError: Tag instance has no attribute 'string'

Clearly Python is now treating the cell as a list element, not as a 
Beautiful Soup class, so it cannot find the method that I want to use.  
But I can't seem to find a way to do what I meant to do.

Is there an easy way to have Beautiful Soup return each data element in 
the table, preferably into a list?

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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