# Parsing WAP Profiles With BeautifulSoup

So here I am porting my ancient newspipe front-end to Snakelets and Python, and I’ve just trimmed down over 20 lines of PHP down to essentially one line of BeautifulSoup retrieval:

def parseWapProfile(self, url):
“”“ Invoked for unknown (uncached) UAs “”“
result = fetch.fetchURL(url)
soup = BeautifulStoneSoup(result[‘data’], convertEntities=BeautifulStoneSoup.HTML_ENTITIES)
try:
width, height = soup(‘prf:screensize’)


Of course there’s a lot more error handling to do (and useful data to glean off the XML), but being able to cut through all the usual parsing crap is immensely gratifying.