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- From: James Robertson <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 22:13:26 +1000
At 04:57 16/07/1998 , you wrote:
| Sorry that I did not make the question clear. What I am working on is to
| retrieve some information, e.g. news articles, from the web and feed the
| content to an application client which only knows application-specific
| Therefore, I need to read the HTML file, analyze it, strip away all
| presentation tags/contents, and convert the real content to the
| application-specific XML. Instead of writing my own HTML parser, I hope I
| can find some tool to help me or hopefully one of the XML parser can do
| job. I prefer Java, but I'll consider anything available.
This sounds like a job for a custom-written translation.
* You are only interested in a specific set of tags within the HTML, which
you can convert to a particular "meaning". The rest you throw away, or
convert to some standard form.
* You presumably have some XML DTD that you want to convert to, and it sounds
like it is fairly specific for your needs.
I would recommend using a text processing environment like Perl, or
my preferred tool, Omnimark. Particularly if you want to do this
in a stable, ongoing fashion.
I would steer away from using an XML parser, and trying to build
a conversion package yourself. Let someone else do the hard work
for you ... ;-)
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