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FAQ: Web Scraping with Beautiful Soup - Select for CSS Selectors

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Looks like this issue was due to a browser based bug. Refreshing the page allowed me to proceed.

when writing turtle_name = turtle.select(".name")[0]
why are we using the [0]?

Thanks

Hi @teoxd,

Link to Exercise: Learn Web Scraping with Beautiful Soup: Select for CSS Selectors

The expression turtle.select(".name") without the [0] gives us a list of all the tags with the class "name" on the page to which we have linked. It turns out that each page that we access within the for loop has only one tag assigned to the "name" class, but still, that single tag is contained within a list. To retrieve that tag from the list, we index the result of the expression with [0].

Edited on August 1, 2019 to add a link to the exercise