Mike Feng Mike Feng - 2 years ago 123
PHP Question

Get DOM element string using PHP

I have a set of html strings that can look like this:

<div id="myelementID" class="hello" data-foo="bar"> ... </div>


<div id="myelementID" class="world" data-this="that"> ... </div>

etc etc, you get the idea. Except for
, every other attribute else is not fixed.

What I need is to extract the exact string of the the
, eg.
<div id="myelementID" class="hello" data-foo="bar">
if an element with the ID "myelementID" exists.

As of now, I'm able to use DomDocument to check if the element exists:

$dom = new DomDocument;
$dom->validateOnParse = true;
$internalErrors = libxml_use_internal_errors(true);
$el = $dom->getElementById("myelementID");

From here, how can I get the element's HTML string? I'm open to using preg_match as well, which may be an even better solution.

Thanks in advanced!

-edit- just to be clearer, I'm not looking for the content of the element. I'm looking for the string
<div id="myelementID" etc="etc" this="that">
. Because it's not certain what attributes the element has apart from the fact that it's ID is "myelementID", that's why I'm having the problem.

Answer Source

Use DOMNode::C14N method to canonicalize nodes to a string, substr and strpos functions to get the needed fragment :

$el = $dom->getElementById("myelementID");
$elString = $el->C14N();

var_dump(substr($elString, 0, strpos($elString, '>') + 1));

The output (for your example):

string(51) "<div class="hello" data-foo="bar" id="myelementID">"


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