Hpricot question

I’m trying to use Hpricot to clean up the text in a big site full of
old-style HTML. I’m just trying to do things like replacing literal
quote characters with and . I’m hampered by the fact that my
understanding of the HTML DOM comes from reading one web site
yesterday and I don’t know any javascript. Nonetheless, it seems that
Hpricot should be able to easily give me all the text in the
element of each page because it has a traverse_text() method. The
problem seems to be that if I apply it to a whole page, I get the
text in the element and all the methods for selecting seem to
return an element, not a tree.

There is a get_subnode method but it doesn’t seem to work as expected.

Thanks in advance for any help


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On Jul 31, 2006, at 6:17 AM, Chris G. wrote:

There is a get_subnode method but it doesn’t seem to work as expected.

Nevermind,

The reason get_subnode gives:
…hpricot/traverse.rb:23:in get_subnode': undefined methodget_subnode_internal’ for #Hpricot::Doc:0x5c182c

is because Why literally hasn’t written get_subnode_internal yet.
maybe I’ll try to write it when/if i get some time.


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