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Old 05-04-2008, 01:42 PM   #1
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plucker help

hi guys

i've just joined this forum and am quite new to plucker.

basically, i cant figure out why the following website yields a "Parsing failed" error when using plucker.

the website i am after is: http://www.dailyreckoning.com.au

the error i get is:

Processing http://www.dailyreckoning.com.au/...
Retrieved ok.
Error: Runtime error parsing document http://www.dailyreckoning.com.au/: unexpected char in declaration: '<'
Parsing failed.
---- all 0 pages retrieved and parsed ----

any ideas?

much appreciated.
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:10 PM   #2
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Plucker deals with real HTML, not fake HTML

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the error i get is:

Processing http://www.dailyreckoning.com.au/...
Retrieved ok.
Error: Runtime error parsing document http://www.dailyreckoning.com.au/: unexpected char in declaration: '<'
Parsing failed.
---- all 0 pages retrieved and parsed ----

any ideas?
Plucker deals with clean, proper HTML, not the horribly-broken and invalid constructs that are represented on that site.

This is especially important when dealing with XML, because the spec itself says that ANY error in XML should immediately throw a fatal error in the parser... as it does with Plucker.

The result is that you'll either have to tell them to clean up their HTML, or clean it up yourself in an inline filter or parse the pages locally with something like tidy or similar tools.
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