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Is it possible to have an include take only part of the content of another HTML file, rather than the entire file?

For example, include.html contains the following HTML:
<p>Content one is here</p>
<p>Content two is here</p>
<p>Content three is here</p>

I want my include to parse only the second line of the include.html file ONLY, to produce:
<p>Content two is here</p>

I wonder if I could have some tags or comments around each line, and then tell the include which line to get by looking at the comment tags:

<!--one start-->
<p>Content one is here</p>
<!--one end-->
<!--two start-->
<p>Content two is here</p>
<!--two end-->
<!--three start-->
<p>Content three is here</p>
<!--three end-->

And the include would read:
<!--#include virtual="/include.html <!--three start--> to <!--three end--> " -->
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Question by:EvanL
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by:webwoman
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That's not how it works.

Why not break up the page into 3 includes, and redo the first page with the 3 includes, and use only the part you need on the other page?

You COULD conceivably use a javascript function to put the page into a variable and read out what you want from the entire HTML, but that's much more work than creating 3 includes. ;-)
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by:EvanL
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I only want to include part of the text from an HTML document, not the entire document.

I am unable to break up the page into three separate includes, as the page is dynamically generated.
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You can use something like XMLHTTP to grab the data...

here is a basic FAQ:
http://www.aspfaqs.com/aspfaqs/ShowFAQ.asp?FAQID=61
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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If the page is dynamically generate, why not just dynamically generate what you need at load time.

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by:EvanL
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Because I don't have control over what is generated at load time.  The page being generated contains <head> and <title> and <html> tags.  I was hoping to include everything after the <body> tag but before the </body> tag.
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by:bruno
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I'll just pretend that I didn't even HAVE a comment there before.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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Whose page is it that you do not have control of generation?

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by:EvanL
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A page generated by a script off of an application service provider I subscribe to.
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by:EvanL
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brunobear, I'm still looking over the link you posted, but it seems more complicated than I'm willing to deal with.  Especially when the site you posted says that the links to download the XMLHTTP component are deadlinks.
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by:bruno
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Evan,

that's because it's an OLD article, any MS server would most likely already have it installed.

For what you want to do, you are going to have to do something similar to that however...

Once you do it the first time, it won't be nearly as hard.

If you really want EVERYTHING between <body> and </body>  I could probably provide you with some very easy code to update to what you need.  If you are interested and can support ASP.


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by:EvanL
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The server is Unix, so ASP code is not really an option.  If coding is the solution, I'd be looking at CGI/Perl code.
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by:bruno
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hmmm....can't help with that, but I would think they must have something similar...
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by:ahoffmann
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does your server allow <!--#exec cmd= ... --> ?
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This question has been abandoned. I will make a recommendation to the
moderators on its resolution in a week or two. I appreciate any comments
that would help me to make a recommendation.
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by:bruno
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user abandoned...
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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It is time to clean this abandoned question up.  

I am putting it on a clean up list for CS.

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points to brunobear

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Per recommendation, force-accepted.

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thanks
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