A CSS Selector library in Julia



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A CSS Selector library in Julia.

Inspired by, and mostly a direct translation of, the Cascadia CSS Selector library, written in Go, by @andybalhom.

This package depends on the Gumbo.jl package by @porterjamesj, which is a Julia wrapper around Google's Gumbo HTML parser library


Usage is simple. Use Gumbo to parse an HTML string into a document, create a Selector from a string, and then use matchall to get the nodes in the document that match the selector. Alternatively, use sel"<selector string>" to do the same thing as Selector. The matchall function returns an array of elements which match the selector. If no match is found, a zero element array is returned. For unique matches, the array contains one element. Thus, check the length of the array to test whether a selector matches.

using Cascadia
using Gumbo


") s=Selector("#foo") sm = sel"#foo" matchall(s, n.root) # 1-element Array{Gumbo.HTMLNode,1}: # Gumbo.HTMLElement{:p} matchall(sm, n.root) # 1-element Array{Gumbo.HTMLNode,1}: # Gumbo.HTMLElement{:p}

Webscraping Example

The primary use case for this library is to enable webscraping -- the automatic extraction of information from html pages. As an example, consider the following code, which returns a list of questions that have been tagged with julia-lang on StackOverflow.

using Cascadia
using Gumbo
using Requests

r = get("http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/julia-lang")

qs = matchall(Selector(".question-summary"),h.root)

println("StackOverflow Julia Questions (votes  answered?  url)")

for q in qs
    votes = nodeText(matchall(Selector(".votes .vote-count-post "), q)[1])
    answered = length(matchall(Selector(".status.answered"), q)) > 0
    href = matchall(Selector(".question-hyperlink"), q)[1].attributes["href"]
    println("$votes  $answered  http://stackoverflow.com$href")    

This code produces the following output:

StackOverflow Julia Questions (votes  answered?  url)

2  true  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38688095/warning-base-writemime-is-deprecated-julia-0-5-with-jupyter
2  false  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38687435/better-way-to-take-lots-of-dot-products
2  false  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38686788/how-to-save-plots-with-the-correct-theme-local-font-using-gadfly-in-julia-lang
1  true  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38680732/how-to-interpolate-into-a-julia-for-expression
1  true  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38676573/whats-the-best-way-to-convert-an-int-to-a-string-in-julia
4  true  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38671821/julia-non-destructively-update-immutable-type-variable
1  false  http://stackoverflow.com//questions/38663113/how-to-use-interpolations-on-sharedarray-in-worker-process-without-each-process
1  true  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38647107/how-write-datatype-in-file-with-julia
3  false  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38646014/julia-macro-expansion-order
1  true  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38644939/how-can-i-get-the-system-process-id-of-a-running-external-command-in-julia
0  false  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38638496/julia-serialize-error-when-sending-large-objects-to-workers
2  false  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38628089/integrating-juno-ide-with-atom-editor-for-julia-in-windows
1  false  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38626999/julia-surface-plot-custom-colors
2  false  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38625663/subset-of-dictionary-with-aliases
2  false  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38615552/remove-automatically-generated-color-key-in-gadfly-plot

Note that this returns the elements on the first page of the query results. Getting the values from subsequent pages is left as an exercise for the reader.

Current Status

Most selector types are supported, but a few are still not fully functional. Examples of selectors that currently work, and some that don't yet, are listed below.

Selector Status
address Works
* Works
#foo Works
li#t1 Works
*#t4 Works
.t1 Works
p.t1 Works
div.teST Works
.t1.fail Works
p.t1.t2 Works
p[title] Works
address[title="foo"] Works
[ title ~= foo ] Works
[title~="hello world"] Works
[lang|="en"] Works
[title^="foo"] Works
[title$="bar"] Works
[title*="bar"] Works
.t1:not(.t2) Works
div:not(.t1) Works
li:nth-child(odd) Doesn't Work
li:nth-child(even) Doesn't Work
li:nth-child(-n+2) Doesn't Work
li:nth-child(3n+1) Doesn't Work
li:nth-last-child(odd) Doesn't Work
li:nth-last-child(even) Doesn't Work
li:nth-last-child(-n+2) Doesn't Work
li:nth-last-child(3n+1) Doesn't Work
span:first-child Doesn't Work
span:last-child Doesn't Work
p:nth-of-type(2) Doesn't Work
p:nth-last-of-type(2) Doesn't Work
p:last-of-type Doesn't Work
p:first-of-type Doesn't Work
p:only-child Doesn't Work
p:only-of-type Doesn't Work
:empty Works
div p Works
div table p Works
div > p Works
p ~ p Works
p + p Works
li, p Works
p +/*This is a comment*/ p Works
p:contains("that wraps") Works
p:containsOwn("that wraps") Works
:containsOwn("inner") Works
p:containsOwn("block") Works
div:has(#p1) Works
div:has(:containsOwn("2")) Works
body :has(:containsOwn("2")) Doesn't Work
body :haschild(:containsOwn("2")) Works
p:matches([\d]) Works
p:matches([a-z]) Works
p:matches([a-zA-Z]) Works
p:matches([^\d]) Works
p:matches(^(0|a)) Works
p:matches(^\d+$) Works
p:not(:matches(^\d+$)) Works
div :matchesOwn(^\d+$) Works
[href#=(fina)]:not([href#=(\/\/[^\/]+untrusted)]) Doesn't Work
[href#=(^https:\/\/[^\/]*\/?news)] Doesn't Work
:input Works

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