FAQ 9.8 How do I fetch an HTML file?

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9.8: How do I fetch an HTML file?

    One approach, if you have the lynx text-based HTML browser installed on
    your system, is this:

        $html_code = `lynx -source $url`;
        $text_data = `lynx -dump $url`;

    The libwww-perl (LWP) modules from CPAN provide a more powerful way to
    do this. They don't require lynx, but like lynx, can still work through

        # simplest version
        use LWP::Simple;
        $content = get($URL);

        # or print HTML from a URL
        use LWP::Simple;
        getprint "http://www.linpro.no/lwp /";

        # or print ASCII from HTML from a URL
        # also need HTML-Tree package from CPAN
        use LWP::Simple;
        use HTML::Parser;
        use HTML::FormatText;
        my ($html, $ascii);
        $html = get("http://www.perl.com /");
        defined $html
            or die "Can't fetch HTML from http://www.perl.com /";
        $ascii = HTML::FormatText->new->format(parse_html($html));
        print $ascii;


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