[XML-SIG] Extracting info from XHTML with Xpath

Tim Wilson wilson at visi.com
Wed Mar 24 16:58:07 EST 2004

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be teaching a course on building Web pages with Web standards
and I thought it would be fun to show a little demo of a python script that
could extract information from an XHTML document. I found Simon Willison's
description of using Xpath and Python, but I haven't had any luck getting an
Xpath expression that works.

I've got a Web page at


that lists a bunch of upcoming tech classes in our school district. I'd like
to extract the coursetitles and dates.

Would anyone be willing to have a quick look at the source for that page and
suggest a way to address the <h3 class="coursetitle"> and <p class="date">


Tim Wilson
Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Educational technology guy, Linux and OS X fan, Grad. student, Daddy
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