For sure, this approach is expensive cpu-wise, etc., but if I need a solution that works right away then "module fetches/renders HTML into text", combined with regex processing that at least I know how to do, IS a solution. Sure, per RBFuller, "... if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong" but if those cycles won't be used for anything else, who cares? This bear of little brain would have his program done.
in reply to Re: Re: Scraping HTML: orthodoxy and reality
in thread Scraping HTML: orthodoxy and reality
So, assuming that efficiency doesn't matter, I'm still fishing for something like building the $html object via a LWP 'get' as above and then turning it into text that I can examine with regexen. (However, since this is turning a golden object into lead, I'll do some more digging as you suggest, like re-reading this thread's Data::Dumper/HTML::TableExtract example! :-)