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HTML::Parse - Deprecated, a wrapper around HTML::TreeBuilder



This document describes version 5.03 of HTML::Parse, released September 22, 2012 as part of HTML-Tree.


  See the documentation for HTML::TreeBuilder


Disclaimer: This module is provided only for backwards compatibility with earlier versions of this library. New code should not use this module, and should really use the HTML::Parser and HTML::TreeBuilder modules directly, instead.

The HTML::Parse module provides functions to parse HTML documents. There are two functions exported by this module:
parse_html($html) or parse_html($html, $obj) This function is really just a synonym for $obj->parse($html) and $obj is assumed to be a subclass of HTML::Parser. Refer to HTML::Parser for more documentation.

If $obj is not specified, the $obj will default to an internally created new HTML::TreeBuilder object configured with strict_comment() turned on. That class implements a parser that builds (and is) a HTML syntax tree with HTML::Element objects as nodes.

The return value from parse_html() is $obj.

parse_htmlfile($file, [$obj]) Same as parse_html(), but pulls the HTML to parse, from the named file.

Returns undef if the file could not be opened, or $obj otherwise.

When a HTML::TreeBuilder object is created, the following variables control how parsing takes place:
$HTML::Parse::IMPLICIT_TAGS Setting this variable to true will instruct the parser to try to deduce implicit elements and implicit end tags. If this variable is false you get a parse tree that just reflects the text as it stands. Might be useful for quick & dirty parsing. Default is true.

Implicit elements have the implicit() attribute set.

$HTML::Parse::IGNORE_UNKNOWN This variable contols whether unknow tags should be represented as elements in the parse tree. Default is true.
$HTML::Parse::IGNORE_TEXT Do not represent the text content of elements. This saves space if all you want is to examine the structure of the document. Default is false.
$HTML::Parse::WARN Call warn() with an appropriate message for syntax errors. Default is false.


HTML::TreeBuilder objects should be explicitly destroyed when you’re finished with them. See HTML::TreeBuilder.


HTML::Parser, HTML::TreeBuilder, HTML::Element


Current maintainers:
o Christopher J. Madsen <perl AT>
o Jeff Fearn <jfearn AT>
Original HTML-Tree author:
o Gisle Aas
Former maintainers:
o Sean M. Burke
o Andy Lester
o Pete Krawczyk <petek AT>
You can follow or contribute to HTML-Tree’s development at <>.


Copyright 1995-1998 Gisle Aas, 1999-2004 Sean M. Burke, 2005 Andy Lester, 2006 Pete Krawczyk, 2010 Jeff Fearn, 2012 Christopher J. Madsen.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

The programs in this library are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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