Hpricot 0.6 -- the swift, delightful HTML parser

Hpricot 0.6 is up on Rubyforge. Or get it from the development gem
server:

gem install hpricot --source http://code.whytheluckystiff.net

Hpricot is a flexible HTML parser written in C. Nestled in a nice
Ruby wrapper. But Hpricot takes a lot of extra steps to help you
out.

Hpricot is great for both scraping web sites and altering HTML
safely. With plenty of options for either cleaning up HTML or
leaving unmodified areas untouched.

HPRICOT’s HOME PAGE and WIKI
http://code.whytheluckystiff.net/hpricot/

HPRICOT’s DOCUMENTATION
http://code.whytheluckystiff.net/doc/hpricot/

= EXAMPLES =

Loading an HTML page:

require ‘open-uri’
require ‘hpricot’

doc = Hpricot(open(“http://ruby-lang.org/”))

Fixing HTML into XHTML:

doc = Hpricot(open(“http://ruby-lang.org/”), :fixup_tags => true)

Placing a number next to each link on a page, preserving the
original HTML as much as possible:

doc = Hpricot(open(“http://ruby-lang.org/”))
num = 0
(doc/“a”).append do
strong " [#{num += 1}]"
end
puts doc.to_original_html

(Notice how you can use a simple Ruby syntax for adding HTML tags
inside the block attached to the append method!)

= CHANGELOG =

  • Hpricot for JRuby – nice work Ola B.!
  • Inline Markaby for Hpricot documents.
  • XML tags and attributes are no longer downcased like HTML is.
  • new syntax for grabbing everything between two elements using a
    Range in the search method: (doc/(“font”…“font/br”)) or in nodes_at
    like so: (doc/“font”).nodes_at("*"…“br”). Only works with either a pair
    of siblings or a set of a parent and a sibling.
  • Ignore self-closing endings on tags (such as form) which are
    containers. Treat them like open parent tags. Reported by Jonathan
    Nichols on the hpricot list.
  • Escaping of attributes, yanked from Jim W. and Sam Ruby’s work
    in Builder.
  • Element#raw_attributes gives unescaped data. Element#attributes
    gives escaped.
  • Added: Elements#attr, Elements#remove_attr, Elements#remove_class.
  • Added: Traverse#preceding, Traverse#following, Traverse#previous,
    Traverse#next.

Okay, good enough,

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