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Another BeautifulSoup crash on bad HTML

Can't really blame BeautifulSoup for this, but our crawler hit a page
("http://clagnut.com/privacy/") with an out of range character escape:


in this text:

If you provide a name, email address and/or website and choose ‘Remember
me𔃷, these details will be stored as a cookie on your computer.

The author clearly meant "’", which is a single close quote.

The traceback as BeautifulSoup aborts:

SGMLParser.feed (self, markup or "")
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 99, in feed
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 181, in goahead
self.handle_cha rref(name)
File "/var/www/vhosts/sitetruth.com/cgi-bin/sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line
1250, in handle_charref
data = unichr(int(ref) )
ValueError: unichr() arg not in range(0x10000) (narrow Python build)

Another item in our ongoing saga of "What happens when you parse real-world

A try-block in handle_charref would be appropriate.

John Nagle
Jun 27 '08 #1
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