Re: [R] [Possible SPAM] Reading selected lines in an .html file

From: Nutter, Benjamin <>
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2008 16:45:07 -0400

I've tried to tackle a similar question at the request of a coworker. Unfortunately, it is difficult to read in HTML code because it lacks character that can consistently be used as a delimiter. The only guideline I can offer is that any text you're interested in is going to be between a ">" and a "<". So the goal is to eliminate anything between < and >.

What's more, if you really want to read in HTML code, you'll need a good grasp on HTML itself, and some familiarity with how the code you're reading in is structured. For instance, I'm attaching code that I wrote to read in HTML tables that were generated by other functions commonly used in my work place. But my code assumes that the tables are written by row (using the <tr> tag.

Essentially, after studying the code I was going to read in, I hand picked the markers that I could use to isolate the text I wanted. I then proceeded to play a game of Simon Says to break down the code to smaller and smaller pieces until I got what I wanted.

Unless you're going to be doing this a lot, I wouldn't recommend taking the time to try and write a function like this. In most cases it's probably faster just to copy the data by hand. But if you are determined to make it work, I hope the ideas help.


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Subject: [Possible SPAM] [R] Reading selected lines in an .html file

Dear friend,

In an R program running permanently on a server I would like to read hour by
hour the temperature in *C and the humidity from a site like this (actually,
from many of such sites):

How can I read the content of the site and select the info I need?

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