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 HTML::Filter - Filter HTML text through the parser


NAME

HTML::Filter - Filter HTML text through the parser


SUPPORTED PLATFORMS

  • Linux
  • Solaris
  • Windows

SYNOPSIS

 require HTML::Filter;
 $p = HTML::Filter->new->parse_file("index.html");


DESCRIPTION

The HTML::Filter is an HTML parser that by default prints the original text parsed (a slow version of cat(1) basically). You can override the callback methods to modify the filtering for some of the HTML elements and you can override output() method which is called to print the HTML text.

The HTML::Filter is a subclass of HTML::Parser. This means that the document should be given to the parser by calling the $p->parse() or $p->parse_file() methods.


EXAMPLES

The first example is a filter that will remove all comments from an HTML file. This is achieved by simply overriding the comment method to do nothing.

  package CommentStripper;
  require HTML::Filter;
  @ISA=qw(HTML::Filter);
  sub comment { }  # ignore comments

The second example shows a filter that will remove any <TABLE>s found in the HTML file. We specialize the start() and end() methods to count table tags and then make output not happen when inside a table.

  package TableStripper;
  require HTML::Filter;
  @ISA=qw(HTML::Filter);
  sub start
  {
     my $self = shift;
     $self->{table_seen}++ if $_[0] eq "table";
     $self->SUPER::start(@_);
  }
  sub end
  {
     my $self = shift;
     $self->SUPER::end(@_);
     $self->{table_seen}-- if $_[0] eq "table";
  }
  sub output
  {
      my $self = shift;
      unless ($self->{table_seen}) {
          $self->SUPER::output(@_);
      }
  }

If you want to collect the parsed text internally you might want to do something like this:

  package FilterIntoString;
  require HTML::Filter;
  @ISA=qw(HTML::Filter);
  sub output { push(@{$_[0]->{fhtml}}, $_[1]) }
  sub filtered_html { join("", @{$_[0]->{fhtml}}) }


BUGS

Comments in declarations are removed from the declarations and then inserted as separate comments after the declaration. If you turn on strict_comment(), then comments with embedded ``--'' are split into multiple comments.


SEE ALSO

the HTML::Parser manpage


COPYRIGHT

Copyright 1997-1998 Gisle Aas.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

 HTML::Filter - Filter HTML text through the parser