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How to extract data from a table format HTML?

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Hi,
I want to access a html and extract some information. However, when I use webread and then htmlTree I miss part of html data and don't know why.
Example:
Using this url
I would like to get information about the rows or columns of SMILES and InChL fields. However, when I use the code below I can't observe this information. I have tried different selectors, but I don't know if the data is dynamically generated.
html = webread(url);
tree = htmlTree(html);
selector= "td";
subtrees= findElement(tree,selector);
str = extractHTMLText(subtrees);
table_data = str(1:end);
Thank you,
Alan

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Jonas
Jonas on 2 Feb 2023
without digging deeper into html, we can use just text seach:
d=webread('http://www.knapsackfamily.com/knapsack_core/information.php?word=C00000152',weboptions('Timeout',15));
SMILESfirstTry=extractBetween(d,'<th class="inf">SMILES</th>','</td>','Boundaries','exclusive');
SMILESsecondTry=extractAfter(SMILESfirstTry{1},'<td colspan="4">')
SMILESsecondTry = 'c1c(ccc(c1)/C=C/C(=O)O)O'
similar could be done for the other tags
simlarly a bit more html stuff:
tree = htmlTree(d);
selector= "tr";
subtrees= findElement(tree,selector);
str = extractHTMLText(subtrees);
searchTags={'InChIKey' 'InChICode' 'SMILES'};
location=contains(str,searchTags);
rawEntries=str(location)
rawEntries = 3×1 string array
"InChIKey NGSWKAQJJWESNS-ZZXKWVIFSA-N" "InChICode InChI=1S/C9H8O3/c10-8-4-1-7(2-5-8)3-6-9(11)12/h1-6,10H,(H,11,12)/b6-3+" "SMILES c1c(ccc(c1)/C=C/C(=O)O)O"
extractAfter(rawEntries,' ')
ans = 3×1 string array
"NGSWKAQJJWESNS-ZZXKWVIFSA-N" "InChI=1S/C9H8O3/c10-8-4-1-7(2-5-8)3-6-9(11)12/h1-6,10H,(H,11,12)/b6-3+" "c1c(ccc(c1)/C=C/C(=O)O)O"
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Alan Cesar Pilon Miro
Alan Cesar Pilon Miro on 3 Feb 2023
Hi Jonas,
Thank you! the first method worked very well.
Just to mentioned. I had some difficults in the second way, I could not find the objetcts.
Jonas
Jonas on 6 Feb 2023
thx for your reply. make sure, that your the data returned from webread is not empty, since the website seems to be quite slow, sometimes the returned data is empty. maybe further increasing the timeout limit can help here

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