Visual Basic Code of the Week (COTW)
Issue #58
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In this Issue

The module included in this issue shows how to strip all HTML tags from an HTML file or a string of HTML data. The resulting string will be plain text without any HTML tags left in the string. We had an application that required the download of HTML files to be stored into a database, but the formatting was not necessary for the application. We just wanted to store the raw text that appeared in the HTML file. Other uses could be the automatic emailing of a HTML page without any HTML codes.


There are two public functions in this module that you can use. StripAllTags takes a string and removes all the HTML tags that appear in the string. StripAllTagsFromFile will take a filename and return a string that contains the contents of that file without any HTML tags. It reads the file into a string and then uses the StripAllTags function to achieve this task.

Public Function StripAllTags(sSourceData As String) As String
Public Function StripAllTagsFromFile(sFilename As String) As String



Both functions return a string that does not contain any HTML tags. If any errors occur they will be raised to the caller. An example is an invalid filename.

Sample Usage

    sData = "Heading

    Debug.Print StripAllTags(sData)
    ' This will print Heading in the debug window.

    Debug.Print StripAllTagsFromFile("e:\temp\press.html")
    ' This will print out the entire file e:\temp\press.html without any HTML tags

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