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Old June 5th, 2006, 09:44 AM
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Default Parsing an html file

How could I parse an html file that follows a pattern identical to this:
<b>Random Company Name</b><br>
Client ID: 12-23-111<br>
Processing Location: ftlauderdale, &lt;<a href="mailto:mlewis@mycompany.com">mlewis@mycompan y.com</a>&gt;<br>
 &lt;<a href="mailto:lrivera@mycompany.com">lrivera@mycomp any.com</a>&gt;<br>
Stuart, FL 34992<br>
Contact Name: Dorothy/George Johnson<br>
Contact Phone: 555 555-5555<br>
Client Original Call In Date: 05/31/06<br>
Client Original Period Begin Date: 05/24/06<br>
Client Orginal Period End Date: 05/30/06<br>
Client Orginal Check Date: 06/02/06<br>
Client Orginal Delivery Date: 06/02/06<br>
Client New Call In Date: 06/05/06<br>
Client New Period Begin Date: 05/29/06<br>
Client New Period End Date: 06/04/06<br>
Client New Check Date: 06/09/06<br>
Client New Delivery Date: 06/09/06<br>
[u]Reason for false start:</u><br>
1st False start: Client requested to change pay period from Wed 5/24- Tues 5/30 to new dates of Mon 5/29 to Sun 6/4. Also per Matt he was not aware that client's previous payroll company required a written 30 day notice prior to canceling their account.<br>
Change date: Thursday, June 01, 2006 at 16:23:12 (EDT)

With the names and numbers obviously being different in each entry. The entries are in list form like this, with hundreds of entries. How could I potentially convert this into a flat file ready for insertion into a database?

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If I understand your situation correctly, you have a standard HTML form that you need to populate with data from your database.

If that is so, save the HTML form with place holders for the relevant data. Then run a while loop through all your records. Before you run the while loop, read the HTML form template in a variable and then in your loop do str_replace on the place holders with the relevant data from you DB. Then either save the updated variable to your DB or to file or echo to screen.

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Use regular expressions, start by reading the PHP manual at:

I found Andrew Watt's Beginning Regular Expressions to be a pretty good introductory book for this topic,



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You should inform youself what XHTML means (HTML but conforming to XML rules) and then use it: It gives you the power of XML to parse a page :) .

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