dom - PHP DOMXPath query using the innerHTML/nodeValue of an element to find and return the element


Can you please help me with the correct syntax to use when you want to check the innerHTML/nodeValue of an element?

I have no problem with the Name however the Age is within a plain div element, What is the correct syntax to use in place of "NOT SURE WHAT TO PUT HERE" below.

$html is a page from the internet

The persons name is in a span like:

<span class="fullname">John Smith</span>

The persons age is in a div like:

<div>Age: 28</div>

I have the following PHP:

$dom = new DomDocument();
$finder = new DOMXPath($dom);

//Full Name
$findName = "fullname";
$queryName = $finder->query("//span[contains(@class, '$findName')]");
$name = $queryName->item(0)->nodeValue;

$findAge = "Age: ";
$queryAge = $finder->query("//div[NOT SURE WHAT TO PUT HERE]");
$age = substr($queryAge->item(0)->nodeValue, 5);




$queryAge = $finder->query("//div[starts-with(., '$findAge')]");

I've had limited success withstarts-with() due to whitespace so you may have to resort to

$queryAge = $finder->query("//div[contains(., '$findAge')]");

If there's a chance of finding false positives (ie, other divs with "Age: " in them), you might be able to avoid that by using a more specific path (if known), ie

$queryAge = $finder->query("//div[@id='something']//div[contains(., '$findAge')]");

People are also looking for solutions to the problem: php - how to install phpUnittest?


Didn't find the answer?

Our community is visited by hundreds of web development professionals every day. Ask your question and get a quick answer for free.

Ask a Question

Write quick answer

Do you know the answer to this question? Write a quick response to it. With your help, we will make our community stronger.

Similar questions

Find the answer in similar questions on our website.