Provided by: libwebservice-cia-perl_1.4-3_all bug


       WebService::CIA::Parser - Parse pages from the CIA World Factbook


         use WebService::CIA::Parser;
         my $parser = WebService::CIA::Parser->new;
         my $data = $parser->parse($string);


       WebService::CIA::Parser takes a string of HTML and parses it. It will only give sensible
       output if the string is the HTML for a page whose URL matches

       This parsing is somewhat fragile, since it assumes a certain page structure.  It'll work
       just as long as the CIA don't choose to alter their pages.


           Creates a new WebService::CIA::Parser object. It takes no arguments.

           Parses a string of HTML take from the CIA World Factbook. It takes a single string as
           its argument and returns a hashref of fields and values.

           The values are stripped of all HTML. "<br>" tags are replaced by newlines.

           It also creates four extra fields: "URL", "URL - Print", "URL - Flag", and "URL - Map"
           which are the URLs of the country's Factbook page, the printable version of that page,
           a GIF map of the country, and a GIF flag of the country respectively.


         use WebService::CIA::Parser;
         use LWP::Simple qw(get);

         $html = get(
         $parser = WebService::CIA::Parser->new;
         $data = $parser->parse($html);
         print $data->{"Population"};


       Ian Malpass (


       Copyright 2003-2007, Ian Malpass

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.

       The CIA World Factbook's copyright information page

         The Factbook is in the public domain. Accordingly, it may be copied
         freely without permission of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).