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LOL.. now I understand bobince's persistence in MY post about regex vs HTML: (..and maybe some of you would be amused by my own persistence, too :) However, as I stated numerous times in my comments, I wasn't out to parse the HTML per se, but "merely" interested in a much coarser extraction. And for my purposes, the regex approach works - it's a tradeoff between efficiency and total robustness. But the outcome is surprisingly solid. The final implementation can be found here: Mind you, regarding the "secondary" issue (extracting all links/URLs from an HTML document), it is of no concern that this implementation is over-eager (by design, btw) and picks out a few invalid URLs (mostly pertaining to script blocks) - those will be filtered out during the subsequent URL validation anyway.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2010 on Parsing Html The Cthulhu Way at Coding Horror
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