FAQ 9.4 How do I remove HTML from a string?

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9.4: How do I remove HTML from a string?

    The most correct way (albeit not the fastest) is to use "HTML::Parser"
    from CPAN. Another mostly correct way is to use "HTML::FormatText" which
    not only removes HTML but also attempts to do a little simple formatting
    of the resulting plain text.

    Many folks attempt a simple-minded regular expression approach, like
    "s/<.*?>//g", but that fails in many cases because the tags may continue
    over line breaks, they may contain quoted angle-brackets, or HTML
    comment may be present. Plus, folks forget to convert entities--like
    "&lt;" for example.

    Here's one "simple-minded" approach, that works for most files:

            #!/usr/bin/perl -p0777

    If you want a more complete solution, see the 3-stage striphtml program
    in http://www.cpan.org/authors/Tom_Christiansen/scripts/striphtml.gz .

    Here are some tricky cases that you should think about when picking a

            <IMG SRC = "foo.gif" ALT = "A > B">

            <IMG SRC = "foo.gif"
             ALT = "A > B">

            <!-- <A comment> -->

            <script>if (a<b && a>c)</script>

            <# Just data #>

            <![INCLUDE CDATA [ >>>>>>>>>>>> ]]>

    If HTML comments include other tags, those solutions would also break on
    text like this:

            <!-- This section commented out.
                    <B>You can't see me!</B>


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