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RE: convert xhtml back to html

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From: py*********************************** [mailto:python-
li****************************] On Behalf Of Tim Arnold
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 9:34 AM
To: py*********
Subject: convert xhtml back to html

hi, I've got lots of xhtml pages that need to be fed to MS HTML Workshop
create CHM files. That application really hates xhtml, so I need to
self-ending tags (e.g. <br />) to plain html (e.g. <br>).

Seems simple enough, but I'm having some trouble with it. regexps trip up
because I also have to take into account 'img', 'meta', 'link' tags, not
just the simple 'br' and 'hr' tags. Well, maybe there's a simple way to do
that with regexps, but my simpleminded <img[^(/>)]+/doesn't work. I'm
enough of a regexp pro to figure out that lookahead stuff.

I'm not sure where to start now; I looked at BeautifulSoup and
BeautifulStoneSoup, but I can't see how to modify the actual tag.

--Tim Arnold

One method which wouldn't require much python code, would be to run the
XHTML through a simple identity XSL tranform with the output method set to
HTML. It would have the benefit that you wouldn't have to worry about any of
the specifics of the transformation, though you would need an external

As far as I know, both 4suite and lxml (my personal favorite: support XSLT in python.

It might work out fine for you, but mixing regexps and XML always seems to
work out badly in the end for me.
John Krukoff

Jun 27 '08 #1
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