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It turned out that by using a System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser and retrieving the Document, I was actually getting a sanitized version of the HTML (and only the body). This is a problem, because when common sense breaks out, there will be no certificate error, no reason to use the System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser, and I expect that I will then receive the entire nasty pile of HTML in its raw form (fingers crossed).
So, this week I looked into accessing the raw HTML from the System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser ... I accessed its privates, and grabbed it by the primary Interop assembly. And, by gum, it worked.
"What did you find?" I hear you ask. It's more what I didn't find. The page contains most of a TABLE (as expected), but a few start tags are missing -- unimportant ones, like THEAD, TR, and TH.
Can you then fault me for summoning Cthulhu? What self-respecting HTML parser will deal with such a mess? (Other than IE, of course).
(Deep breath.) I spent today wrestling with HtmlAgilityPack, which dealt pretty well with the errors (TagNotOpened) and I managed to use the errors to insert the missing start tags where they logically belong. Nifty. Perfect effort for the last day before a week off.
So, provided I can deploy HtmlAgilityPack to the server, I may be able to cancel my summons. In the meantime, I have the RegEx version on the server.
Now, at the risk of asking a Programming Question... does anyone know how to get HtmlAgilityPack to report TagNotClosed errors as well? It has an error type for it, but I haven't gotten it to report any.
may you be silly enough to buy a Microsoft Surface
I'm quite surprised with it - at full price it's an expensive option but mine was second hand - after the XBox 360 debacle I wasn't expecting any MS hardware to be any good, but it's surprisingly solid and works really well with Win10. A lot more "together" than my WookieTab was, and with a much more responsive digitiser.
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