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To check HTML we parse it into an internal (DOM-like) representation. For this task we use jsoup HTML parser, an open-source parser without external dependencies.

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To check HTML we parse it into an internal (DOM-like) representation. For this task we use jsoup HTML parser, an open-source parser without external dependencies.

To quote from the jsoup website:

jsoup is a Java library for working with real-world HTML. It provides a very convenient API for extracting and manipulating data, using the best of DOM, CSS, and jquery-like methods.

Find details on how HtmlSC implements HTML parsing in the HTML encapsulation concept.

Relevance

Check HTML programatically by using an existing API that provides access and finder methods to the DOM-tree of the file(s) to be checked.

Problem Constraints

Requirements

  • few dependencies, so the HtmlSC binary stays as small as possible.
  • accessor and finder methods to find images, links and link-targets within the DOM tree.

Alternatives

  • HTTPUnit: a testing framework for web applications and -sites. Its main focus is web testing and it suffers from a large number of dependencies.
  • jsoup: a plain HTML parser without any dependencies (!) and a rich api to access all HTML elements in DOM-like syntax.

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