in reply to Re: Scraping HTML: orthodoxy and reality
in thread Scraping HTML: orthodoxy and reality
You could probably automate the C&P from your favorite browser (under Win32 at least) or use one of the console browsers (Lynx etc.) under *nix.
The question is, what would you have achieved. Not only would you have used a parser (the one builtin to the browser), but you would have also used its rendering engine, spawned a new process and gone through some form of IPC whether its a pipe or clipboard. And you would still need to apply a regex to the result.
If your going to use a parser, then you mught as well use one of the many available to you via CPAN and avoid all that additional overhead:)
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