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On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 09:55, David Hollander <> wrote:
> Cool! My solution was just to simplify Roberto's Lua function, by
> putting all generated nodes on a single stack, and defer nesting nodes
> as children until a </close> tag appears, and then iterate from the
> top of the stack to find the next matching </close> tag. So
> <div>
>    <br>
>   <img class=world src = "hello">
>   <span id='stuff''>
>    <div></div>
>    <input type=checkbox checked>
> </div>
> ..would be valid and put all elements as children of the first <div>.
> The debate then is if the inner <div> and <input> should instead be
> children of the unfinished <span>. My current interpretation is that
> they should not, though I'm not sure which error is more common. Would
> need to find more poorly programmed websites, googling for *.aspx
> might do the trick ;)
> On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM, Michal Kottman <> wrote:
>> On Sunday, 7 August 2011, David Hollander <> wrote:
>>>> I use them both in my little web-crawling utility module WDM [1]
>>> I see you are using Roberto's XML parser as a base, which is a strict
>>> parser that raises errors on improperly formatted XML?
>>> A problem I ran into last week is that the HTML spec is a bit
>>> different than XML[1], unless the webpage is specifically using an
>>> XHTML doctype, and many websites had html errors on top of that.
>> To deal with that issue, you can optionally use the html-tidy binding
>> through the toTidy() function. It returns the same table format as toXml(),
>> and also tries to clean up the source through htmltody beforehand. The
>> source is at in the 'mk' branch.
>> WDM stores saved pages locally in a cache directory, so you can experiment
>> without downloading things multiple times. These can be compressed if the
>> bz2 library is available. You can find it at
>> .

What would it do if it never found a close tag? Say: <html><body>Hello world!

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