[Solved] How can you parse HTML in android?

I am making an application for android, and an element of the functionality of the application is to return results from an online search of a library’s catalogue. The application needs to display the results of the search, which is carried out by way of a custom HTML form, in a manner in keeping with the rest of the application. Ie, the results of the search need to be parsed and the useful elements displayed. I was just wondering if/how this could be achieved in android?

Enquirer: MCHALL


Solution #1:

You can use XmlPullParser for parsing XML.

For e.g. refer to http://developer.android.com/reference/org/xmlpull/v1/XmlPullParser.html

Respondent: CommonMan

Solution #2:

You would use a Html Parser. One that i use and works VERY well is JSoup
This is where you will need to begin with parsing html. Also Apache Jericho is another good one.

You would retrieve the html document by using DOM, and use the JSOUP Select() method to select any tags that you would like to get. Either by tag, id, or class.


Use the: Jsoup.connect(String url) method:

 Document doc = Jsoup.connect("http://example.com/").get();

This will allow you to connect to the html page by using the url. And store it as the Document doc, Through DOM. And the read from it using the selector() method.


The connect(String url) method creates a new Connection, and get()
fetches and parses a HTML file. If an error occurs whilst fetching the
URL, it will throw an IOException, which you should handle

The Connection interface is designed for method chaining to build
specific requests:

 Document doc = Jsoup.connect("http://example.com")

If you read through the documentation on Jsoup you should be able to achieve this.

EDIT: Here is how you would use the selector method

  //Once the Document is retrieved above, use these selector methods to Extract the   data you want by using the tags, id, or css class 

  Elements links = doc.select("a[href]"); // a with href
  Elements pngs = doc.select("img[src$=.png]");
  // img with src ending .png

  Element masthead = doc.select("div.masthead").first();
  // div with class=masthead

  Elements resultLinks = doc.select("h3.r > a"); // direct a after h3

EDIT: Using JSOUP you could use this to get attributes, text,

Document doc = Jsoup.connect("http://example.com")
Element link = doc.select("a").first();

String text = doc.body().text(); // "An example link"
String linkHref = link.attr("href"); // "http://example.com/"
String linkText = link.text(); // "example""

String linkOuterH = link.outerHtml(); 
// "<a href="http://example.com"><b>example</b></a>"
String linkInnerH = link.html(); // "<b>example</b>"
Respondent: yoshi24

Solution #3:

Being that the search results are HTML and HTML is a Markup Language (ML) you can use Android’s XmlPullParser to parse the results.

Respondent: uperez

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