HtmlToXml PureBasic Reference Documentation

HtmlToXml

Class for converting HTML to well-formed XML for the purpose of programmatically extracting (scraping) information from any HTML page.

Object Creation

obj.i = CkHtmlToXml::ckCreate()

; Make sure to dispose of the object when finished like this:
CkHtmlToXml::ckDispose(obj);

Properties

Declare.s ckDebugLogFilePath(obj.i)
Declare setCkDebugLogFilePath(obj.i, value.s)

If set to a file path, causes each Chilkat method or property call to automatically append it's LastErrorText to the specified log file. The information is appended such that if a hang or crash occurs, it is possible to see the context in which the problem occurred, as well as a history of all Chilkat calls up to the point of the problem. The VerboseLogging property can be set to provide more detailed information.

This property is typically used for debugging the rare cases where a Chilkat method call hangs or generates an exception that halts program execution (i.e. crashes). A hang or crash should generally never happen. The typical causes of a hang are:

  1. a timeout related property was set to 0 to explicitly indicate that an infinite timeout is desired,
  2. the hang is actually a hang within an event callback (i.e. it is a hang within the application code), or
  3. there is an internal problem (bug) in the Chilkat code that causes the hang.

Declare.i ckDropCustomTags(obj.i)
Declare setCkDropCustomTags(obj.i, value.i)

If set to true, then any non-standard HTML tags will be dropped when converting to XML.

Declare.s ckHtml(obj.i)
Declare setCkHtml(obj.i, value.s)

The HTML to be converted by the ToXml method. To convert HTML to XML, first set this property to the HTML string and then call ToXml. The ConvertFile method can do file-to-file conversions.

Declare.s ckLastErrorHtml(obj.i) ; (read-only)

Provides information in HTML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

Declare.s ckLastErrorText(obj.i) ; (read-only)

Provides information in plain-text format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

Concept of LastErrorText

LastErrorText Standard Information

Declare.s ckLastErrorXml(obj.i) ; (read-only)

Provides information in XML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

Declare.i ckLastMethodSuccess(obj.i)
Declare setCkLastMethodSuccess(obj.i, value.i)

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of 1 indicates success, a value of 0 indicates failure. This property is automatically set for method calls. It is not modified by property accesses. The property is automatically set to indicate success for the following types of method calls:

  • Any method that returns a string.
  • Any method returning a Chilkat object, binary bytes, or a date/time.
  • Any method returning a standard boolean status value where success = 1 and failure = 0.
  • Any method returning an integer where failure is defined by a return value less than zero.

Note: Methods that do not fit the above requirements will always set this property equal to 1. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

Declare.i ckNbsp(obj.i)
Declare setCkNbsp(obj.i, value.i)

Determines how to handle   HTML entities. The default value, 0 will cause   entites to be convert to normal space characters (ASCII value 32). If this property is set to 1, then  's will be converted to &#160. If set to 2, then &nbps;'s are dropped. If set to 3, then &nbsp's are left unmodified.

Declare.i ckVerboseLogging(obj.i)
Declare setCkVerboseLogging(obj.i, value.i)

If set to 1, then the contents of LastErrorText (or LastErrorXml, or LastErrorHtml) may contain more verbose information. The default value is 0. Verbose logging should only be used for debugging. The potentially large quantity of logged information may adversely affect peformance.

Declare.s ckVersion(obj.i) ; (read-only)

Version of the component/library, such as "9.5.0.63"

Declare.s ckXmlCharset(obj.i)
Declare setCkXmlCharset(obj.i, value.s)

The charset, such as "utf-8" or "iso-8859-1" of the XML to be created. If XmlCharset is empty, the XML is created in the same character encoding as the HTML. Otherwise the HTML is converted XML and converted to this charset.

Methods

Declare.i ckConvertFile(obj.i, inHtmlPath.s, destXmlPath.s)

Converts an HTML file to a well-formed XML file that can be parsed for the purpose of programmatically extracting information.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

Declare ckDropTagType(obj.i, tagName.s)

Allows for any specified tag to be dropped from the output XML. To drop more than one tag, call this method once for each tag type to be dropped.

Declare ckDropTextFormattingTags(obj.i)

Causes text formatting tags to be dropped from the XML output. Text formatting tags are: b, font, i, u, br, center, em, strong, big, tt, s, small, strike, sub, and sup.

Declare.i ckIsUnlocked(obj.i)

Returns 1 if the component is already unlocked. Otherwise returns 0.

Declare.s ckReadFileToString(obj.i, filename.s, srcCharset.s)

Convenience method for reading a text file into a string. The character encoding of the text file is specified by srcCharset. Valid values, such as "iso-8895-1" or "utf-8" are listed at: List of Charsets.

Returns an empty string on failure. Use the LastMethodSuccess property to check for success.

Declare.i ckSaveLastError(obj.i, path.s)

Saves the last-error information (the contents of LastErrorXml) to an XML formatted file.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

Declare.i ckSetHtmlFromFile(obj.i, filename.s)

Sets the Html property by loading the HTML from a file.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

Declare.s ckToXml(obj.i)

Converts the HTML in the "Html" property to XML and returns the XML string.

Returns an empty string on failure. Use the LastMethodSuccess property to check for success.

Convert an HTML Table to Plain-Text

Declare ckUndropTagType(obj.i, tagName.s)

Causes a specified type of tag to NOT be dropped in the output XML.

Declare ckUndropTextFormattingTags(obj.i)

Causes text formatting tags to NOT be dropped from the XML output. Text formatting tags are: b, font, i, u, br, center, em, strong, big, tt, s, small, strike, sub, and sup.

Important: Text formatting tags are dropped by default. Call this method to prevent text formatting tags from being dropped.

Declare.i ckUnlockComponent(obj.i, unlockCode.s)

Unlocks the component. An arbitrary unlock code may be passed to automatically begin a 30-day trial.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

Diagnosing UnlockComponent Problems

UnlockComponent LastErrorText shows exact string passed to it.

Verify UnlockComponent Success w/ Purchased Unlock Code

LastErrorText Standard Information

Declare.i ckWriteStringToFile(obj.i, stringToWrite.s, filename.s, charset.s)

Convenience method for saving a string to a file. The character encoding of the output text file is specified by charset (the string is converted to this charset when writing). Valid values, such as "iso-8895-1" or "utf-8" are listed at: List of Charsets.

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.