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Re: Problem importing HTML with Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg96239] Re: Problem importing HTML with Mathematica
  • From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 05:49:14 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
  • References: <gmp0k6$brg$>

In article <gmp0k6$brg$1 at>, oiluj1 at wrote:

> I had a Mathematica program that, among other things, had to import
> html code from a web site.
> Recently they made some changes in the web site and the program is not
> importing properly anymore. Instead of getting the source html code I
> would see with my internet browser I am just getting a simplified
> version of it (with no html syntax at all).

As specified in the documentation about the HTML file format [1], 
"Import["file.html"] gives a plain text representation of an HTML file."

> I do not know what may have changed, but as a guess, it seems to me as
> if the web site realized that it is not a proper internet browser the
> one who is connecting and therefore it is sending back a simplified
> version of the page.

Works the same with version 6.0.3 or 7.0 on two different platforms. 
Perhaps you have change something on your system.

> As an example, you can just run:
> Import["
> \
> 352&TournamentYear=1993"]

Anyway, add the element "Source" to your query to get the HTML source of 
the page.

In[2]:= Import["\
TournamentID=352&TournamentYear=1993", "Source"]

Out[2]= "

<!-- PAGE TITLE -->
<html><head><title> - Event Draw</title>

<!-- include virtual = \"/en/common/top/header_nrbt.asp\" -->
<meta name=\"robots\" content=\"noindex, nofollow\">
<meta http-equiv=\"content-type\" \

[... Very long block of HTML code deleted ...]
         <td><img src=\"space.gif\" height=\"0\" width=\"100\"></td>


[1] "HTML (.html, .htm)", doc centre ref/format/HTML, web

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