I try to use jSoupLink to scrap data. However, I have difficulty in using ParseHTML commamd.

For example, I cant get the ParseHTML to work


I would appreciate any help on this as I am new to jSoupLink.

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    $\begingroup$ ParseHTML is a syntax that was used in an old version of jsoupLink. Please see the documentation for the up syntax to be used with the current version. $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    Commented Jan 22, 2020 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your clarification. May I further ask what will be the syntax when using about example ? $\endgroup$
    – Akcmok
    Commented Jan 22, 2020 at 11:18
  • $\begingroup$ You can try this: el = Import[url, "HTMLDOM"]; spans = el["Select", "span[itemprop=birthDate]"; birthDates = #["AllText"] & /@ spans; When looking at the URL in your question, I don't find any such span element, however. (Also, I haven't tried this code in Mathematica, which I don't have access to at the moment.) $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    Commented Jan 22, 2020 at 11:49
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    $\begingroup$ By looking at the HTML code, you can tell that 1) the facts (e.g. year of birth) aren't wrapped in span elements, and 2) that the <p> tags that wrap facts do not have attributes that identify them. You'll have to look at other pages as well and see if you can find pattern. For example, el["Select", "article.facts p"] will (although I haven't tested it) give you a list of p elements where each element has a fact in it. Perhaps it's the case that the second of those elements is always the one with the year of birth. Perhaps there is no pattern, in which case... $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 11:14
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    $\begingroup$ ...you can use facts = el["Select", "article.facts"]; text = facts["AllText"]; and then parse the year of birth, and other facts, from that piece of text. $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 11:15


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