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14
Sep '12

With some cheeky regular expressions, converting an HTML table to CSV is actually very simple and efficient. Starting with the raw table markup in the variable $table_string you just need to do the following to store it as a CSV file:

$handle = fopen('output.csv', 'w');
if(preg_match_all('/<tr.*?>(.*?)<\/[\s]*tr>/s', $table_string, $row_matches)) {
foreach($row_matches[1] as $product) {
if(preg_match_all('/<t[dh].*?>(.*?)<\/[\s]*t[dh]>/s', $product, $data_matches)) {
$product_data = array();
foreach($data_matches[1] as $data) {
$product_data[] = strip_tags($data);
}
fputcsv($handle, $product_data);
}
}
}
fclose($handle);