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st: import html , what is the proper way?

From   Lucas Ferreira Mation <>
To   statalist <>
Subject   st: import html , what is the proper way?
Date   Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:38:27 -0200


I'm trying to import data from the web page. From previous post, I saw
there are two ways to import from html, "insheet" or "infile"
(sometimes preceded by "copy" > "filefilter" to filter breaks and
unwanted html tags). I tryed both ways:

. version 12.1 // stata12.1 running on a windows 7 machine
. global url
. insheet using "$url", clear
. infile str244 text using "$url", clear

Neither really works:

infile : imported file is all corrupt, it seems that every space as
interpreted as a line break. Can I solve this with filefilter?

insheet: line breaks seem to be fairly ok (although not perfect in all
cases), but some rows were split into different columns ( I suppose
the lines that had a "," in them). Is there a "never occurring
delimiter" that I could use so the variables are never split?

More generally, is there a way to import from HTML so that the
imported file looks just like what the source code I see in the

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