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Removing tags from HTML code

Removing tags from HTML code

Removing tags from HTML code

I have some HTML code in a TRichEdit and I want to strip out all the tags to leave the text I am interested in. For example, filtering this HTML code:

  <TITLE> My Site </TITLE>
  <B> Lots of useful information </B>
  <H1> And some more </H1>

would give the following as output:

  My Site
  Lots of useful information
  And some more

Here is the Delphi code I have so far:

startPos := 0;
  lineNo := 0;
  with richEditHTML do
    textLen := Length(richEditHTML.Text);
      beginFound := richEditHTML.FindText('<', startPos, textLen, []);
      if beginFound <> - 1 then
        startPos := beginFound;
        textLen := textLen - startPos;
        endFound := richEditHTML.FindText('>', startPos, textLen, []);
        SelStart := beginFound;
        SelLength := (endFound - beginFound) + 1;
        SelText := ' + #13#10;
        SelStart := SelStart + 1;
    until (beginFound = -1) OR (lineNo = 189);

Unfortunately, I had to put a limit on how many tags it removes because it seems to mess up when it finds the 190th tag! The code works as required up to this point. Another problem is that lots of whitespace is still floating around after doing this. Btw, the text is about 61,000 characters over 1300 lines.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Ex nihilo, nihil fit (Out of nothing, nothing comes)

RE: Removing tags from HTML code

hi Clive

You could use a TDomDocument and read each section by tagElement but there will be some codes that fall thru the net which in my case, I just do a StringReplace.

eg, here's a snippet of my code
var   NodeList : IXMLDomNodeList;
      XMLDoc   : TDomDocument;

    if (Status=False) then
      raise exception.Create('Could not load the XML file');
    NodeList := XMLDoc.getElementsByTagName('title');
    StoryTitle :=NodeList.item[0].Get_Text;
    StoryTitle := Form_main.CheckForChars(StoryTitle);
    //setup Rich edit formatting.

    RichEdit.SelStart := 0;
    RichEdit.SelLength := length(Storytitle);
    RichEdit.SelAttributes.Color := clMaroon;
    RichEdit.SelAttributes.Style := [fsBold];

    RichEdit.SelAttributes.Style := [];
    RichEdit.SelAttributes.Color := clBlack;
    //Get Story Body
    NodeList := XMLDoc.getElementsByTagName('fulltext');
    for ii := 0 to NodeList.length -1 do
      sline := NodeList.item[ii].Get_text;
      sline := StringReplace(sline, '<P>', '', [rfReplaceAll]);
etc ...


RE: Removing tags from HTML code

Cheers for the suggestions peeps...
Lou, what do I need to stick in my "uses" clause to get access to a TDomDocument and an IXMLDomNodeList?

Ex nihilo, nihil fit (Out of nothing, nothing comes)

RE: Removing tags from HTML code

hi Clive

Ah,yes, one minor detail....you need to import MSXML_TLB type library and put MSXML_TLB in your uses.  Do you have this file?


RE: Removing tags from HTML code

Hey Lou,

I'm afraid I don't have this file...where can I get it from?

Ex nihilo, nihil fit (Out of nothing, nothing comes)

RE: Removing tags from HTML code

hi Clive

You need IE5 or newer on your machine and have a look at this link, and search page for MSXML_TLB or here's the snippet

"Select Project/Import Type Library. This will display the Import Type Library dialog. Select "Microsoft XML, Version 2.0 (version 2.0)" from the list box and click the "Create Unit" button. This will add MSXML_TLB to your project."


OR, another eg



RE: Removing tags from HTML code


Just fyi, if you search on t'internet (northern lass) for MSXML_TLB you'll find a lot of examples of the parser.


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