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As kaif points out my script above did indeed produce questionable output and I also couldn't figure out why.

After a lot of head scratching and cursing I noticed that the OPs data had a variety of quotes around the attribute values. I changed them to ordinary quotes and it now works ok.

kaif++ for spotting the snag.

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use HTML::TokeParser::Simple; use Data::Dumper; my $p = HTML::TokeParser::Simple->new(*DATA) or die "couldn't parse DATA: $!\n"; my (@records, %record, $start, $i); while (my $t = $p->get_token){ if ($t->is_start_tag('span')){ if ($t->get_attr('class') and $t->get_attr('class') eq 'jobname'){ $record{jobname} = $p->get_trimmed_text('/span'); } elsif ($t->get_attr('class') and $t->get_attr('class') eq 'jobseri +al'){ $record{jobserial} = $p->get_trimmed_text('/span'); } elsif ($t->get_attr('name') and $t->get_attr('name') eq 'em'){ push @{$record{em}}, $p->get_trimmed_text('/span'); } elsif ($t->get_attr('name') and $t->get_attr('name') eq 'offices') +{ $record{offices} = $p->get_trimmed_text('/span'); } } if ($t->is_start_tag('blockquote')){ next if $i; my $txt = $p->get_trimmed_text(('blockquote')); $record{job_desc} = $txt; push @records, {%record}; %record = (); $i++; } } print Dumper \@records; __DATA__ <p><b> <span class="jobname">Accounting Assistant, Level 2</span> <span class="jobserial">(19203)</span> <br />Current members:<br /> <span name="em">Plow, Elliot</span> <span name="em">Wang, Susan</span> <br /> <span name="offices">Huston</span> </p> <blockquote> Job descriptions here. This block quoted text contains a job description and it what I am really looking to recover. </blockquote> <blockquote> <a href="#top">Go to the top of this page</a>. </blockquote> <blockquote> <a href="companyHR.html">Check for open positions now!</a> </blockquote>
---------- Capture Output ---------- > "c:\perl\bin\perl.exe" _new.pl $VAR1 = [ { 'em' => [ 'Plow, Elliot', 'Wang, Susan' ], 'job_desc' => 'Job descriptions here. This block quoted text conta +ins a job description and it what I am really looking to recover.', 'offices' => 'Huston', 'jobserial' => '(19203)', 'jobname' => 'Accounting Assistant, Level 2' } ]; > Terminated with exit code 0.

In reply to Re^2: Parsing HTML files to recover data... by wfsp
in thread Parsing HTML files to recover data... by UrbanHick

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