Ingo Macherius macherius at
Thu Jul 16 20:02:58 BST 1998

jmtang at <jmtang at> wrote at 15 Jul 98, 14:57:

> 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.

So are we.

> 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.

So you don't want HTML->XML but "arbitrary, somewhat regular string" 
to XML. Buggy HTML is just that, a somewhat regular string. You want 
to extract information and map it to a Schema, e.g. an XML-DTD. Right 

> 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.

Please have a look at

The online demos already use Jedi 2.0, which is currently being 
prepared for (*.class only) distribution. Expect 2.0 for download in 
about 7 days. The current downloadable version is 0.1, which is about 
2 years old.

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