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Wrapping Web Pages into XML Documents: A Practical Experience and Comparison of Two Tools

Abstract : he notion of wrapping a web server to produce XML documents from unstructed web pages is driven by the need to produce structured data that can be used by a variety of applications. The web contains vast amounts of information that cannot be used by most applications as it targets a human audience. A solution to this is to automate the browsing process and convert the unstructured extracted information into a more structured format such as XML. This is called wrapping. We have used two different tools to wrap several tourist sites into XML The tools we have used are Norfolk, a system developed by the CSIRO TED group and W4F, initially developed at the University of Pennsylvania and now a commercial product. This report describes our practical experience with the tools and compares them. The comparison highlights features required by a wrapper system to support real applications.
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Sabine Jabbour, Anne-Marie Vercoustre. Wrapping Web Pages into XML Documents: A Practical Experience and Comparison of Two Tools. The Eighth Australian World Wide Web Conference, Jul 2002, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. ⟨inria-00092248⟩

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