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Why try and parse this sort of thing when Perl's not-exactly-secret-weapon CPAN has plenty well tested modules that'll do all this for you?

HTML::Parser would be one place to start - it includes modules to slice and dice your HTML in several different ways - check the README. As far as I can see, you should be able to replace the snippet you've posted with these modules.



Update: Is that even valid HTML? It looks pretty horrid either way. A much nicer way of doing it would be:

<font size="-1"><a href="link">this is a link</a></font>
Further update:Yes, it is valid HTML. Still looks hideous :-)

In reply to Re: HTML Parsing by BazB
in thread Extracting information by oaklander

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
    <code> <a> <b> <big> <blockquote> <br /> <dd> <dl> <dt> <em> <font> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <hr /> <i> <li> <nbsp> <ol> <p> <small> <strike> <strong> <sub> <sup> <table> <td> <th> <tr> <tt> <u> <ul>
  • Snippets of code should be wrapped in <code> tags not <pre> tags. In fact, <pre> tags should generally be avoided. If they must be used, extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor intervention).
  • Want more info? How to link or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.