webscraping an image with highlighted text


I am doing web scraping on this URL which is a newspaper image with highlighted words. My purpose is to retrieve all those highlighted words in red. Inspecting the page gives the class: image-overlay hit-rect ng-star-inserted in which attribute title must be extract:

enter image description here
Using the following code snippet with BeautifulSoup:

from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
pg_snippet_highlighted_words = soup.find_all("div", class_="image-overlay hit-rect ng-star-inserted")
print(pg_snippet_highlighted_words) # returns nothing: []
print(pg_snippet_highlighted_words.get("title")) # AttributeError: ("'NoneType' object has no attribute 'get'",) when soup.find() is executed!

However, I get [] as a result!

My expected result is a list with length of 17 in this specific example, containing all the highlighted words in this page, e.g., the ones identified with title attribute in inspect as follows:

EXPECTED_RESULT = ["Katri", "Katrina", "Katri", "Katri", "Katri", "Katri", "Katri", "Katri", "Ikonen.", "Katrina", "Katri", "Ikonen.", "Katri", "Katrina", "Katri", "Katri", "Katri"]

Is BeautifulSoup a correct tool to extract information when dealing with dynamic content?


Asked By: Farid Alijani



The data you’re looking for is loaded from external URL via JavaScript. To get the data you can use following example:

import requests

api_url = "https://digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi/rest/binding-search/ocr-hits/761979"
params = {"page": "12", "term": ["Katri", "Katrina", "Ikonen"]}

data = [d["text"] for d in requests.get(api_url, params=params).json()]


['Katri', 'Katrina', 'Katri', 'Katri', 'Katri', 'Katri', 'Katri', 'Katri', 'Ikonen.', 'Katrina', 'Katri', 'Ikonen.', 'Katri', 'Katrina', 'Katri', 'Katri', 'Katri']
Answered By: Andrej Kesely