The htmllib Module

The htmlib module contains a tag-driven HTML parser, which sends data to a formatting object. Example 5-9 uses this module. For more examples on how to parse HTML files using this module, see the descriptions of the formatter module.

Example 5-9. Using the htmllib Module


import htmllib
import formatter
import string

class Parser(htmllib.HTMLParser):
 # return a dictionary mapping anchor texts to lists
 # of associated hyperlinks

 def _ _init_ _(self, verbose=0):
 self.anchors = {}
 f = formatter.NullFormatter()
 htmllib.HTMLParser._ _init_ _(self, f, verbose)

 def anchor_bgn(self, href, name, type):
 self.anchor = href

 def anchor_end(self):
 text = string.strip(self.save_end())
 if self.anchor and text:
 self.anchors[text] = self.anchors.get(text, []) + [self.anchor]

file = open("samples/sample.htm")
html =

p = Parser()

for k, v in p.anchors.items():
 print k, "=>", v


link => ['']

If you're only out to parse an HTML file and not render it to an output device, it's usually easier to use the sgmllib module instead.

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