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   Re: [xml-dev] generating DOM from ill-formed HTML docs

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7/14/2002 10:00:06 PM, Robert Mena <rt_mena@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Hi, I am developing an application that will have to
>build a DOM tree of html pages.
>I'll use such DOM trees to perform some
>Since most of the time I'll find ill-formed documents
>I'd like to know if there are any parsers out there
>that "accept" this flaws and builds the tree anyway.
>I've tried domxml (php) with no luck.

The standard answer is to use tidy to convert to XHTML.  
http://tidy.sourceforge.net/ and then parse it with an
ordinary XML parser.

The possibly wacky answer is to use Javascript in a browser if
at all possible.  For better or worse (mostly worse!) the browser
vendors have worked hard to "accept the flaws and build a
tree anyway", and then expose that tree with the DOM API. You 
can essentially pretend the ill-formed HTML is XML and use the
XML Core DOM to work with it.  You might need to use some
server-side PHP or whatever to grab web pages, filter in the
Javascript code, and feed it to the browser to work around
the browser/Javascript "sandbox" limitations.


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