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From "Jukka Zitting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (TIKA-310) Use TagSoup to parse HTML
Date Wed, 14 Oct 2009 19:40:31 GMT
Use TagSoup to parse HTML
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                 Key: TIKA-310
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TIKA-310
             Project: Tika
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: parser
            Reporter: Jukka Zitting
            Assignee: Jukka Zitting


The NekoHTML library we currently use for parsing HTML has a transitive dependency on Apache
Xerces. The Xerces library is pretty big (1.2MB) and is known to cause various problems when
included in the classpath of an application or a container that expects some other XML parser
library.

The TagSoup library (http://home.ccil.org/~cowan/XML/tagsoup/) provides an alternative HTML
parsing library that works pretty much like NekoHTML but doesn't depend on Xerces. I suggest
we switch from NekoHTML to TagSoup unless this change causes major regressions in HTML parsing.

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