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Google Refine and easier HTML parsing

After spending most of the day BANGING my head on using Regex and GREL to handle HTML parsing.

I thought, there MUST be a better way to parse HTML !!!

I know several of you who have thought the same thing.  So, I took the time today to find out where and how this could be improved directly in Google Refine or with an extension.
It just so happens Google Refine already has a wonderful extension with another language itself: Jython

Enter BeautifulSoup  (love the name?) a Jython library for powerful HTML parsing and entity extraction.

Here's more on how to use it easily within Refine: