David Megginson david at
Thu Jul 16 02:34:21 BST 1998

jmtang at writes:

 > Sorry that I did not make the question clear.  What I am working on
 > is to retrieve some information, e.g. news articles, from the web
 > and feed the content to an application client which only knows
 > application-specific XML.  Therefore, I need to read the HTML file,
 > analyze it, strip away all presentation tags/contents, and convert
 > the real content to the application-specific XML.  Instead of
 > writing my own HTML parser, I hope I can find some tool to help me
 > or hopefully one of the XML parser can do the job.  I prefer Java,
 > but I'll consider anything available.

To my knowledge, there has never been a general SGML parser written in
Java; however, there is a Java-based HTML parser with much SGML
functionality that was written originally for HotJava.  I have no idea
where it lives right now, but it might be worth poking around.

Another alternative, if the HTML really is valid HTML, is to do a
first pass with James Clark's SX application (part of SP) to convert
the HTML to well-formed XML, then do the rest of the work in Java with
XML parsers.

We desperately need a SAX parser that parses HTML instead of XML --
any takers?

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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