In this particular case, GNU anticipated your problem. If you use bison, you are not restricted to a 'generic' intermediate.
(update) Calling this a make problem is a long bow indeed.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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