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Bug in XPath engine

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Feb 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM

I just found a bug in the XPath engine.

I want to extract all input elements from a specific html form.


this returns null. If i load a well formated test page into a XmlDocument and uses the query above it works perfect, if I load the same well formated test page into a HtmlDocument it return null

I can not use a XmlDocument because the page im going to load does not load into a XmlDocumnet.

Is there a work around for this?

Feb 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM
Edited Feb 9, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Interesting... can you post sample text please.


Feb 8, 2010 at 1:17 PM
Edited Feb 8, 2010 at 1:17 PM


HtmlAgilityPack.HtmlDocument doc = new HtmlAgilityPack.HtmlDocument();

            doc.LoadHtml(@"<body><form id=""name"">
        <input id=""test""></input>
<form id=""test"">
    <input id=""test2""></input>

            HtmlNodeCollection n = doc.DocumentNode.SelectNodes("//form[@id='name']//input");

I fixed it by removing this line in the HtmlNode Class

ElementsFlags.Add("form", HtmlElementFlag.CanOverlap | HtmlElementFlag.Empty);



Feb 8, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Are those double quotes in there on purpose?

Feb 9, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Yes, but they will be interpreted as single quotes by the C# compiler.


Feb 12, 2010 at 1:43 AM

The XPath engine is okay.  Your expression is wrong.  It should be "//form//input" to select any input element that is a descendant of the form element.

In you HTML document, there is no form with the attribute name!  Maybe you meant "//form[@id='name']//input"?