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So, FINALLY got the call from the nephew.
Project has changed somewhat.
The original thought was a touch screen monitor based kiosk for students to pick up daily messages held in a csv file somewhere on the network.
The change was to use Android tablets (must grate as me nephew is a true blue Appleyte), and to parse data out of a html dump!
Parse data out of a html dump?
Turns out the skool system can turn out a webpage report (so I am a little dim as to why they need do much more that set up a browser looking at that webpage). Anyway, my nephew is excited to be working with his uncle (and I needed an excuse to by four odroid-w, the wife you know).
So, his teacher pointed him at BeautifulSoup which is a python library for sucking data out of html files.
Beautiful is right.
Here is our first experiments (the whoopses excluded):
Basically if there are tables within the html the code can pick them out. He had the idea himself of just reusing the html for the table in our file – brilliant. So, only problem is other data is buried in nondescript <p> tags.
Will need to sleep on that.