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Testing NavigableString or Tag objects for equality in Beautiful Soup

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In Beautiful Soup, two NavigableString or Tag objects are considered to be equal if the underlying HTML is identical.

Example

Consider the following HTML document:

my_html = "<p>I am a <i>cat</i>. Are you a <i>cat</i>?</p>"
soup = BeautifulSoup(my_html)

Here, we have two identical tags: <i>cat</i>. Let's fetch them and test for equality:

cat_one, cat_two = soup.find_all("i")
print(cat_one == cat_two)
True

The key is that, even though they are two separate objects, they are still deemed equal since they both represent <i>cat</i>.

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