Introduction to xPath

These are a couple of resources to help you get started with the extraction of Monitoring Job.

  1. Every website has a source code
  2. The source code is built in a hierarchical way. This hierarchy is called DOM and looks like a tree (
  3. DOM consists of HTML elements that have attributes and content (
  4. Example:
    <div class="example_styling_class">Text displayed in the browser</div>
  5. div is an element
  6. class is an attribute
  7. “Text displayed in the browser” is the element’s content
  8. You can view a DOM for any webpage. Right-click in your browser anywhere in a page and click “inspect element”
  9. There is a special language called xPath that makes extracting structured data from DOM elements possible
  10. The easiest way to get a xPath for an element is to right-click on an element, “inspect element” and copy xPath from the console
  11. You can use this result in Midesk
  12. There are brittle and robust ways how to use xPath. We’ll be more than happy to support you with it
  13. Cheatsheet for xPath:
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