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       HTML::Parser - HTML parser class


        use HTML::Parser ();

        # Create parser object
        $p = HTML::Parser->new( api_version => 3,
                                start_h => [\&start, "tagname, attr"],
                                end_h   => [\&end,   "tagname"],
                                marked_sections => 1,

        # Parse document text chunk by chunk
        $p->eof;                 # signal end of document

        # Parse directly from file
        # or
        open(my $fh, "<:utf8", "foo.html") || die;


       Objects of the "HTML::Parser" class will recognize markup and separate
       it from plain text (alias data content) in HTML documents.  As
       different kinds of markup and text are recognized, the corresponding
       event handlers are invoked.

       "HTML::Parser" is not a generic SGML parser.  We have tried to make it
       able to deal with the HTML that is actually "out there", and it
       normally parses as closely as possible to the way the popular web
       browsers do it instead of strictly following one of the many HTML
       specifications from W3C.  Where there is disagreement, there is often
       an option that you can enable to get the official behaviour.

       The document to be parsed may be supplied in arbitrary chunks.  This
       makes on-the-fly parsing as documents are received from the network

       If event driven parsing does not feel right for your application, you
       might want to use "HTML::PullParser".  This is an "HTML::Parser"
       subclass that allows a more conventional program structure.


       The following method is used to construct a new "HTML::Parser" object:

       $p = HTML::Parser->new( %options_and_handlers )
           This class method creates a new "HTML::Parser" object and returns
           it.  Key/value argument pairs may be provided to assign event
           handlers or initialize parser options.  The handlers and parser
           options can also be set or modified later by the method calls
           described below.

           If a top level key is in the form "<event>_h" (e.g., "text_h") then
           it assigns a handler to that event, otherwise it initializes a
           parser option. The event handler specification value must be an
           array reference.  Multiple handlers may also be assigned with the
           'handlers => [%handlers]' option.  See examples below.

           If new() is called without any arguments, it will create a parser
           that uses callback methods compatible with version 2 of
           "HTML::Parser".  See the section on "version 2 compatibility" below
           for details.

           The special constructor option 'api_version => 2' can be used to
           initialize version 2 callbacks while still setting other options
           and handlers.  The 'api_version => 3' option can be used if you
           don't want to set any options and don't want to fall back to v2
           compatible mode.


            $p = HTML::Parser->new(api_version => 3,
                                   text_h => [ sub {...}, "dtext" ]);

           This creates a new parser object with a text event handler
           subroutine that receives the original text with general entities

            $p = HTML::Parser->new(api_version => 3,
                                   start_h => [ 'my_start', "self,tokens" ]);

           This creates a new parser object with a start event handler method
           that receives the $p and the tokens array.

            $p = HTML::Parser->new(api_version => 3,
                                   handlers => { text => [\@array, "event,text"],
                                                 comment => [\@array, "event,text"],

           This creates a new parser object that stores the event type and the
           original text in @array for text and comment events.

       The following methods feed the HTML document to the "HTML::Parser"

       $p->parse( $string )
           Parse $string as the next chunk of the HTML document.  Handlers
           invoked should not attempt to modify the $string in-place until
           $p->parse returns.

           If an invoked event handler aborts parsing by calling $p->eof, then
           $p->parse() will return a FALSE value.  Otherwise the return value
           is a reference to the parser object ($p).

       $p->parse( $code_ref )
           If a code reference is passed as the argument to be parsed, then
           the chunks to be parsed are obtained by invoking this function
           repeatedly.  Parsing continues until the function returns an empty
           (or undefined) result.  When this happens $p->eof is automatically

           Parsing will also abort if one of the event handlers calls $p->eof.

           The effect of this is the same as:

            while (1) {
               my $chunk = &$code_ref();
               if (!defined($chunk) || !length($chunk)) {
                   return $p;
               $p->parse($chunk) || return undef;

           But it is more efficient as this loop runs internally in XS code.

       $p->parse_file( $file )
           Parse text directly from a file.  The $file argument can be a
           filename, an open file handle, or a reference to an open file

           If $file contains a filename and the file can't be opened, then the
           method returns an undefined value and $! tells why it failed.
           Otherwise the return value is a reference to the parser object.

           If a file handle is passed as the $file argument, then the file
           will normally be read until EOF, but not closed.

           If an invoked event handler aborts parsing by calling $p->eof, then
           $p->parse_file() may not have read the entire file.

           On systems with multi-byte line terminators, the values passed for
           the offset and length argspecs may be too low if parse_file() is
           called on a file handle that is not in binary mode.

           If a filename is passed in, then parse_file() will open the file in
           binary mode.

           Signals the end of the HTML document.  Calling the $p->eof method
           outside a handler callback will flush any remaining buffered text
           (which triggers the "text" event if there is any remaining text).

           Calling $p->eof inside a handler will terminate parsing at that
           point and cause $p->parse to return a FALSE value.  This also
           terminates parsing by $p->parse_file().

           After $p->eof has been called, the parse() and parse_file() methods
           can be invoked to feed new documents with the parser object.

           The return value from eof() is a reference to the parser object.

       Most parser options are controlled by boolean attributes.  Each boolean
       attribute is enabled by calling the corresponding method with a TRUE
       argument and disabled with a FALSE argument.  The attribute value is
       left unchanged if no argument is given.  The return value from each
       method is the old attribute value.

       Methods that can be used to get and/or set parser options are:

       $p->attr_encoded( $bool )
           By default, the "attr" and @attr argspecs will have general
           entities for attribute values decoded.  Enabling this attribute
           leaves entities alone.

       $p->backquote( $bool )
           By default, only ' and " are recognized as quote characters around
           attribute values.  MSIE also recognizes backquotes for some reason.
           Enabling this attribute provides compatibility with this behaviour.

       $p->boolean_attribute_value( $val )
           This method sets the value reported for boolean attributes inside
           HTML start tags.  By default, the name of the attribute is also
           used as its value.  This affects the values reported for "tokens"
           and "attr" argspecs.

       $p->case_sensitive( $bool )
           By default, tagnames and attribute names are down-cased.  Enabling
           this attribute leaves them as found in the HTML source document.

       $p->closing_plaintext( $bool )
           By default, "plaintext" element can never be closed. Everything up
           to the end of the document is parsed in CDATA mode.  This
           historical behaviour is what at least MSIE does.  Enabling this
           attribute makes closing "</plaintext>" tag effective and the
           parsing process will resume after seeing this tag.  This emulates
           early gecko-based browsers.

       $p->empty_element_tags( $bool )
           By default, empty element tags are not recognized as such and the
           "/" before ">" is just treated like a normal name character (unless
           "strict_names" is enabled).  Enabling this attribute make
           "HTML::Parser" recognize these tags.

           Empty element tags look like start tags, but end with the character
           sequence "/>" instead of ">".  When recognized by "HTML::Parser"
           they cause an artificial end event in addition to the start event.
           The "text" for the artificial end event will be empty and the
           "tokenpos" array will be undefined even though the token array will
           have one element containing the tag name.

       $p->marked_sections( $bool )
           By default, section markings like <![CDATA[...]]> are treated like
           ordinary text.  When this attribute is enabled section markings are

           There are currently no events associated with the marked section
           markup, but the text can be returned as "skipped_text".

       $p->strict_comment( $bool )
           By default, comments are terminated by the first occurrence of
           "-->".  This is the behaviour of most popular browsers (like
           Mozilla, Opera and MSIE), but it is not correct according to the
           official HTML standard.  Officially, you need an even number of
           "--" tokens before the closing ">" is recognized and there may not
           be anything but whitespace between an even and an odd "--".

           The official behaviour is enabled by enabling this attribute.

           Enabling of 'strict_comment' also disables recognizing these forms
           as comments:

             </ comment>
             <! comment>

       $p->strict_end( $bool )
           By default, attributes and other junk are allowed to be present on
           end tags in a manner that emulates MSIE's behaviour.

           The official behaviour is enabled with this attribute.  If enabled,
           only whitespace is allowed between the tagname and the final ">".

       $p->strict_names( $bool )
           By default, almost anything is allowed in tag and attribute names.
           This is the behaviour of most popular browsers and allows us to
           parse some broken tags with invalid attribute values like:

              <IMG SRC=newprevlstGr.gif ALT=[PREV LIST] BORDER=0>

           By default, "LIST]" is parsed as a boolean attribute, not as part
           of the ALT value as was clearly intended.  This is also what
           Mozilla sees.

           The official behaviour is enabled by enabling this attribute.  If
           enabled, it will cause the tag above to be reported as text since
           "LIST]" is not a legal attribute name.

       $p->unbroken_text( $bool )
           By default, blocks of text are given to the text handler as soon as
           possible (but the parser takes care always to break text at a
           boundary between whitespace and non-whitespace so single words and
           entities can always be decoded safely).  This might create breaks
           that make it hard to do transformations on the text. When this
           attribute is enabled, blocks of text are always reported in one
           piece.  This will delay the text event until the following (non-
           text) event has been recognized by the parser.

           Note that the "offset" argspec will give you the offset of the
           first segment of text and "length" is the combined length of the
           segments.  Since there might be ignored tags in between, these
           numbers can't be used to directly index in the original document

       $p->utf8_mode( $bool )
           Enable this option when parsing raw undecoded UTF-8.  This tells
           the parser that the entities expanded for strings reported by
           "attr", @attr and "dtext" should be expanded as decoded UTF-8 so
           they end up compatible with the surrounding text.

           If "utf8_mode" is enabled then it is an error to pass strings
           containing characters with code above 255 to the parse() method,
           and the parse() method will croak if you try.

           Example: The Unicode character "\x{2665}" is "\xE2\x99\xA5" when
           UTF-8 encoded.  The character can also be represented by the entity
           "&hearts;" or "&#x2665".  If we feed the parser:


           then "dtext" will be reported as "\xE2\x99\xA5\x{2665}" without
           "utf8_mode" enabled, but as "\xE2\x99\xA5\xE2\x99\xA5" when
           enabled.  The later string is what you want.

           This option is only available with perl-5.8 or better.

       $p->xml_mode( $bool )
           Enabling this attribute changes the parser to allow some XML
           constructs.  This enables the behaviour controlled by individually
           by the "case_sensitive", "empty_element_tags", "strict_names" and
           "xml_pic" attributes and also suppresses special treatment of
           elements that are parsed as CDATA for HTML.

       $p->xml_pic( $bool )
           By default, processing instructions are terminated by ">". When
           this attribute is enabled, processing instructions are terminated
           by "?>" instead.

       As markup and text is recognized, handlers are invoked.  The following
       method is used to set up handlers for different events:

       $p->handler( event => \&subroutine, $argspec )
       $p->handler( event => $method_name, $argspec )
       $p->handler( event => \@accum, $argspec )
       $p->handler( event => "" );
       $p->handler( event => undef );
       $p->handler( event );
           This method assigns a subroutine, method, or array to handle an

           Event is one of "text", "start", "end", "declaration", "comment",
           "process", "start_document", "end_document" or "default".

           The "\&subroutine" is a reference to a subroutine which is called
           to handle the event.

           The $method_name is the name of a method of $p which is called to
           handle the event.

           The @accum is an array that will hold the event information as sub-

           If the second argument is "", the event is ignored.  If it is
           undef, the default handler is invoked for the event.

           The $argspec is a string that describes the information to be
           reported for the event.  Any requested information that does not
           apply to a specific event is passed as "undef".  If argspec is
           omitted, then it is left unchanged.

           The return value from $p->handler is the old callback routine or a
           reference to the accumulator array.

           Any return values from handler callback routines/methods are always
           ignored.  A handler callback can request parsing to be aborted by
           invoking the $p->eof method.  A handler callback is not allowed to
           invoke the $p->parse() or $p->parse_file() method.  An exception
           will be raised if it tries.


               $p->handler(start =>  "start", 'self, attr, attrseq, text' );

           This causes the "start" method of object $p to be called for
           'start' events.  The callback signature is $p->start(\%attr,
           \@attr_seq, $text).

               $p->handler(start =>  \&start, 'attr, attrseq, text' );

           This causes subroutine start() to be called for 'start' events.
           The callback signature is start(\%attr, \@attr_seq, $text).

               $p->handler(start =>  \@accum, '"S", attr, attrseq, text' );

           This causes 'start' event information to be saved in @accum.  The
           array elements will be ['S', \%attr, \@attr_seq, $text].

              $p->handler(start => "");

           This causes 'start' events to be ignored.  It also suppresses
           invocations of any default handler for start events.  It is in most
           cases equivalent to $p->handler(start => sub {}), but is more
           efficient.  It is different from the empty-sub-handler in that
           "skipped_text" is not reset by it.

              $p->handler(start => undef);

           This causes no handler to be associated with start events.  If
           there is a default handler it will be invoked.

       Filters based on tags can be set up to limit the number of events
       reported.  The main bottleneck during parsing is often the huge number
       of callbacks made from the parser.  Applying filters can improve
       performance significantly.

       The following methods control filters:

       $p->ignore_elements( @tags )
           Both the "start" event and the "end" event as well as any events
           that would be reported in between are suppressed.  The ignored
           elements can contain nested occurrences of itself.  Example:

              $p->ignore_elements(qw(script style));

           The "script" and "style" tags will always nest properly since their
           content is parsed in CDATA mode.  For most other tags
           "ignore_elements" must be used with caution since HTML is often not
           well formed.

       $p->ignore_tags( @tags )
           Any "start" and "end" events involving any of the tags given are
           suppressed.  To reset the filter (i.e. don't suppress any "start"
           and "end" events), call "ignore_tags" without an argument.

       $p->report_tags( @tags )
           Any "start" and "end" events involving any of the tags not given
           are suppressed.  To reset the filter (i.e. report all "start" and
           "end" events), call "report_tags" without an argument.

       Internally, the system has two filter lists, one for "report_tags" and
       one for "ignore_tags", and both filters are applied.  This effectively
       gives "ignore_tags" precedence over "report_tags".


          $p->report_tags(qw(script style));

       results in only "script" events being reported.

       Argspec is a string containing a comma-separated list that describes
       the information reported by the event.  The following argspec
       identifier names can be used:

           Attr causes a reference to a hash of attribute name/value pairs to
           be passed.

           Boolean attributes' values are either the value set by
           $p->boolean_attribute_value, or the attribute name if no value has
           been set by $p->boolean_attribute_value.

           This passes undef except for "start" events.

           Unless "xml_mode" or "case_sensitive" is enabled, the attribute
           names are forced to lower case.

           General entities are decoded in the attribute values and one layer
           of matching quotes enclosing the attribute values is removed.

           The Unicode character set is assumed for entity decoding.

           Basically the same as "attr", but keys and values are passed as
           individual arguments and the original sequence of the attributes is
           kept.  The parameters passed will be the same as the @attr
           calculated here:

              @attr = map { $_ => $attr->{$_} } @$attrseq;

           assuming $attr and $attrseq here are the hash and array passed as
           the result of "attr" and "attrseq" argspecs.

           This passes no values for events besides "start".

           Attrseq causes a reference to an array of attribute names to be
           passed.  This can be useful if you want to walk the "attr" hash in
           the original sequence.

           This passes undef except for "start" events.

           Unless "xml_mode" or "case_sensitive" is enabled, the attribute
           names are forced to lower case.

           Column causes the column number of the start of the event to be
           passed.  The first column on a line is 0.

           Dtext causes the decoded text to be passed.  General entities are
           automatically decoded unless the event was inside a CDATA section
           or was between literal start and end tags ("script", "style",
           "xmp", "iframe", "title", "textarea" and "plaintext").

           The Unicode character set is assumed for entity decoding.  With
           Perl version 5.6 or earlier only the Latin-1 range is supported,
           and entities for characters outside the range 0..255 are left

           This passes undef except for "text" events.

           Event causes the event name to be passed.

           The event name is one of "text", "start", "end", "declaration",
           "comment", "process", "start_document" or "end_document".

           Is_cdata causes a TRUE value to be passed if the event is inside a
           CDATA section or between literal start and end tags ("script",
           "style", "xmp", "iframe", "title", "textarea" and "plaintext").

           if the flag is FALSE for a text event, then you should normally
           either use "dtext" or decode the entities yourself before the text
           is processed further.

           Length causes the number of bytes of the source text of the event
           to be passed.

           Line causes the line number of the start of the event to be passed.
           The first line in the document is 1.  Line counting doesn't start
           until at least one handler requests this value to be reported.

           Offset causes the byte position in the HTML document of the start
           of the event to be passed.  The first byte in the document has
           offset 0.

           Offset_end causes the byte position in the HTML document of the end
           of the event to be passed.  This is the same as "offset" +

           Self causes the current object to be passed to the handler.  If the
           handler is a method, this must be the first element in the argspec.

           An alternative to passing self as an argspec is to register
           closures that capture $self by themselves as handlers.
           Unfortunately this creates circular references which prevent the
           HTML::Parser object from being garbage collected.  Using the "self"
           argspec avoids this problem.

           Skipped_text returns the concatenated text of all the events that
           have been skipped since the last time an event was reported.
           Events might be skipped because no handler is registered for them
           or because some filter applies.  Skipped text also includes marked
           section markup, since there are no events that can catch it.

           If an ""-handler is registered for an event, then the text for this
           event is not included in "skipped_text".  Skipped text both before
           and after the ""-event is included in the next reported

           Same as "tagname", but prefixed with "/" if it belongs to an "end"
           event and "!" for a declaration.  The "tag" does not have any
           prefix for "start" events, and is in this case identical to

           This is the element name (or generic identifier in SGML jargon) for
           start and end tags.  Since HTML is case insensitive, this name is
           forced to lower case to ease string matching.

           Since XML is case sensitive, the tagname case is not changed when
           "xml_mode" is enabled.  The same happens if the "case_sensitive"
           attribute is set.

           The declaration type of declaration elements is also passed as a
           tagname, even if that is a bit strange.  In fact, in the current
           implementation tagname is identical to "token0" except that the
           name may be forced to lower case.

           Token0 causes the original text of the first token string to be
           passed.  This should always be the same as $tokens->[0].

           For "declaration" events, this is the declaration type.

           For "start" and "end" events, this is the tag name.

           For "process" and non-strict "comment" events, this is everything
           inside the tag.

           This passes undef if there are no tokens in the event.

           Tokenpos causes a reference to an array of token positions to be
           passed.  For each string that appears in "tokens", this array
           contains two numbers.  The first number is the offset of the start
           of the token in the original "text" and the second number is the
           length of the token.

           Boolean attributes in a "start" event will have (0,0) for the
           attribute value offset and length.

           This passes undef if there are no tokens in the event (e.g.,
           "text") and for artificial "end" events triggered by empty element

           If you are using these offsets and lengths to modify "text", you
           should either work from right to left, or be very careful to
           calculate the changes to the offsets.

           Tokens causes a reference to an array of token strings to be
           passed.  The strings are exactly as they were found in the original
           text, no decoding or case changes are applied.

           For "declaration" events, the array contains each word, comment,
           and delimited string starting with the declaration type.

           For "comment" events, this contains each sub-comment.  If
           $p->strict_comments is disabled, there will be only one sub-

           For "start" events, this contains the original tag name followed by
           the attribute name/value pairs.  The values of boolean attributes
           will be either the value set by $p->boolean_attribute_value, or the
           attribute name if no value has been set by

           For "end" events, this contains the original tag name (always one

           For "process" events, this contains the process instructions
           (always one token).

           This passes "undef" for "text" events.

           Text causes the source text (including markup element delimiters)
           to be passed.

           Pass an undefined value.  Useful as padding where the same handler
           routine is registered for multiple events.

           A literal string of 0 to 255 characters enclosed in single (') or
           double (") quotes is passed as entered.

       The whole argspec string can be wrapped up in '@{...}' to signal that
       the resulting event array should be flattened.  This only makes a
       difference if an array reference is used as the handler target.
       Consider this example:

          $p->handler(text => [], 'text');
          $p->handler(text => [], '@{text}']);

       With two text events; "foo", "bar"; then the first example will end up
       with [["foo"], ["bar"]] and the second with ["foo", "bar"] in the
       handler target array.

       Handlers for the following events can be registered:

           This event is triggered when a markup comment is recognized.


             <!-- This is a comment -- -- So is this -->

           This event is triggered when a markup declaration is recognized.

           For typical HTML documents, the only declaration you are likely to
           find is <!DOCTYPE ...>.


             <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN"

           DTDs inside <!DOCTYPE ...> will confuse HTML::Parser.

           This event is triggered for events that do not have a specific
           handler.  You can set up a handler for this event to catch stuff
           you did not want to catch explicitly.

           This event is triggered when an end tag is recognized.



           This event is triggered when $p->eof is called and after any
           remaining text is flushed.  There is no document text associated
           with this event.

           This event is triggered when a processing instructions markup is

           The format and content of processing instructions are system and
           application dependent.


             <? HTML processing instructions >
             <? XML processing instructions ?>

           This event is triggered when a start tag is recognized.


             <A HREF="">

           This event is triggered before any other events for a new document.
           A handler for it can be used to initialize stuff.  There is no
           document text associated with this event.

           This event is triggered when plain text (characters) is recognized.
           The text may contain multiple lines.  A sequence of text may be
           broken between several text events unless $p->unbroken_text is

           The parser will make sure that it does not break a word or a
           sequence of whitespace between two text events.

       "HTML::Parser" can parse Unicode strings when running under perl-5.8 or
       better.  If Unicode is passed to $p->parse() then chunks of Unicode
       will be reported to the handlers.  The offset and length argspecs will
       also report their position in terms of characters.

       It is safe to parse raw undecoded UTF-8 if you either avoid decoding
       entities and make sure to not use argspecs that do, or enable the
       "utf8_mode" for the parser.  Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 might be useful
       when parsing from a file where you need the reported offsets and
       lengths to match the byte offsets in the file.

       If a filename is passed to $p->parse_file() then the file will be read
       in binary mode.  This will be fine if the file contains only ASCII or
       Latin-1 characters.  If the file contains UTF-8 encoded text then care
       must be taken when decoding entities as described in the previous
       paragraph, but better is to open the file with the UTF-8 layer so that
       it is decoded properly:

          open(my $fh, "<:utf8", "index.html") || die "...: $!";

       If the file contains text encoded in a charset besides ASCII, Latin-1
       or UTF-8 then decoding will always be needed.


       When an "HTML::Parser" object is constructed with no arguments, a set
       of handlers is automatically provided that is compatible with the old
       HTML::Parser version 2 callback methods.

       This is equivalent to the following method calls:

          $p->handler(start   => "start",   "self, tagname, attr, attrseq, text");
          $p->handler(end     => "end",     "self, tagname, text");
          $p->handler(text    => "text",    "self, text, is_cdata");
          $p->handler(process => "process", "self, token0, text");
          $p->handler(comment =>
                    sub {
                        my($self, $tokens) = @_;
                        for (@$tokens) {$self->comment($_);}},
                    "self, tokens");
          $p->handler(declaration =>
                    sub {
                        my $self = shift;
                        $self->declaration(substr($_[0], 2, -1));},
                    "self, text");

       Setting up these handlers can also be requested with the "api_version
       => 2" constructor option.


       The "HTML::Parser" class is subclassable.  Parser objects are plain
       hashes and "HTML::Parser" reserves only hash keys that start with
       "_hparser".  The parser state can be set up by invoking the init()
       method, which takes the same arguments as new().


       The first simple example shows how you might strip out comments from an
       HTML document.  We achieve this by setting up a comment handler that
       does nothing and a default handler that will print out anything else:

         use HTML::Parser;
         HTML::Parser->new(default_h => [sub { print shift }, 'text'],
                           comment_h => [""],
                          )->parse_file(shift || die) || die $!;

       An alternative implementation is:

         use HTML::Parser;
         HTML::Parser->new(end_document_h => [sub { print shift },
                           comment_h      => [""],
                          )->parse_file(shift || die) || die $!;

       This will in most cases be much more efficient since only a single
       callback will be made.

       The next example prints out the text that is inside the <title> element
       of an HTML document.  Here we start by setting up a start handler.
       When it sees the title start tag it enables a text handler that prints
       any text found and an end handler that will terminate parsing as soon
       as the title end tag is seen:

         use HTML::Parser ();

         sub start_handler
           return if shift ne "title";
           my $self = shift;
           $self->handler(text => sub { print shift }, "dtext");
           $self->handler(end  => sub { shift->eof if shift eq "title"; },

         my $p = HTML::Parser->new(api_version => 3);
         $p->handler( start => \&start_handler, "tagname,self");
         $p->parse_file(shift || die) || die $!;
         print "\n";

       More examples are found in the eg/ directory of the "HTML-Parser"
       distribution: the program "hrefsub" shows how you can edit all links
       found in a document; the program "htextsub" shows how to edit the text
       only; the program "hstrip" shows how you can strip out certain
       tags/elements and/or attributes; and the program "htext" show how to
       obtain the plain text, but not any script/style content.

       You can browse the eg/ directory online from the [Browse] link on the page.


       The <style> and <script> sections do not end with the first "</", but
       need the complete corresponding end tag.  The standard behaviour is not
       really practical.

       When the strict_comment option is enabled, we still recognize comments
       where there is something other than whitespace between even and odd
       "--" markers.

       Once $p->boolean_attribute_value has been set, there is no way to
       restore the default behaviour.

       There is currently no way to get both quote characters into the same
       literal argspec.

       Empty tags, e.g. "<>" and "</>", are not recognized.  SGML allows them
       to repeat the previous start tag or close the previous start tag

       NET tags, e.g. "code/.../" are not recognized.  This is SGML shorthand
       for "<code>...</code>".

       Unclosed start or end tags, e.g. "<tt<b>...</b</tt>" are not


       The following messages may be produced by HTML::Parser.  The notation
       in this listing is the same as used in perldiag:

       Not a reference to a hash
           (F) The object blessed into or subclassed from HTML::Parser is not
           a hash as required by the HTML::Parser methods.

       Bad signature in parser state object at %p
           (F) The _hparser_xs_state element does not refer to a valid state
           structure.  Something must have changed the internal value stored
           in this hash element, or the memory has been overwritten.

       _hparser_xs_state element is not a reference
           (F) The _hparser_xs_state element has been destroyed.

       Can't find '_hparser_xs_state' element in HTML::Parser hash
           (F) The _hparser_xs_state element is missing from the parser hash.
           It was either deleted, or not created when the object was created.

       API version %s not supported by HTML::Parser %s
           (F) The constructor option 'api_version' with an argument greater
           than or equal to 4 is reserved for future extensions.

       Bad constructor option '%s'
           (F) An unknown constructor option key was passed to the new() or
           init() methods.

       Parse loop not allowed
           (F) A handler invoked the parse() or parse_file() method.  This is
           not permitted.

       marked sections not supported
           (F) The $p->marked_sections() method was invoked in a HTML::Parser
           module that was compiled without support for marked sections.

       Unknown boolean attribute (%d)
           (F) Something is wrong with the internal logic that set up aliases
           for boolean attributes.

       Only code or array references allowed as handler
           (F) The second argument for $p->handler must be either a subroutine
           reference, then name of a subroutine or method, or a reference to
           an array.

       No handler for %s events
           (F) The first argument to $p->handler must be a valid event name;
           i.e. one of "start", "end", "text", "process", "declaration" or

       Unrecognized identifier %s in argspec
           (F) The identifier is not a known argspec name.  Use one of the
           names mentioned in the argspec section above.

       Literal string is longer than 255 chars in argspec
           (F) The current implementation limits the length of literals in an
           argspec to 255 characters.  Make the literal shorter.

       Backslash reserved for literal string in argspec
           (F) The backslash character "\" is not allowed in argspec literals.
           It is reserved to permit quoting inside a literal in a later

       Unterminated literal string in argspec
           (F) The terminating quote character for a literal was not found.

       Bad argspec (%s)
           (F) Only identifier names, literals, spaces and commas are allowed
           in argspecs.

       Missing comma separator in argspec
           (F) Identifiers in an argspec must be separated with ",".

       Parsing of undecoded UTF-8 will give garbage when decoding entities
           (W) The first chunk parsed appears to contain undecoded UTF-8 and
           one or more argspecs that decode entities are used for the callback

           The result of decoding will be a mix of encoded and decoded
           characters for any entities that expand to characters with code
           above 127.  This is not a good thing.

           The recommended solution is to apply Encode::decode_utf8() on the
           data before feeding it to the $p->parse().  For $p->parse_file()
           pass a file that has been opened in ":utf8" mode.

           The alternative solution is to enable the "utf8_mode" and not
           decode before passing strings to $p->parse().  The parser can
           process raw undecoded UTF-8 sanely if the "utf8_mode" is enabled,
           or if the "attr", "@attr" or "dtext" argspecs are avoided.

       Parsing string decoded with wrong endianness
           (W) The first character in the document is U+FFFE.  This is not a
           legal Unicode character but a byte swapped BOM.  The result of
           parsing will likely be garbage.

       Parsing of undecoded UTF-32
           (W) The parser found the Unicode UTF-32 BOM signature at the start
           of the document.  The result of parsing will likely be garbage.

       Parsing of undecoded UTF-16
           (W) The parser found the Unicode UTF-16 BOM signature at the start
           of the document.  The result of parsing will likely be garbage.


       HTML::Entities(3), HTML::PullParser(3), HTML::TokeParser(3),
       HTML::HeadParser(3), HTML::LinkExtor(3), HTML::Form(3)

       HTML::TreeBuilder(3) (part of the HTML-Tree distribution)


       More information about marked sections and processing instructions may
       be found at <>.


        Copyright 1996-2016 Gisle Aas. All rights reserved.
        Copyright 1999-2000 Michael A. Chase.  All rights reserved.

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

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