RegEx search for a substring within a substring

Discussion in 'Perl Misc' started by colinhumber, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. colinhumber

    colinhumber Guest

    How can I use regular expressions to search for a substring within
    another substring? For example, if I have the string:

    "This is * some text <button id="123">Some * text</button>"

    and I only wanted to find the * character(s) that appear within the
    <button> tags, how could I do that using reg ex?

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    colinhumber, Aug 3, 2005
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  2. colinhumber

    Oliver Sturm Guest

    You'll need to write a regular expression that uses balanced matching,
    to make sure that any given * is actually within the scope defined by
    the button tag. Have a look at this blog article for information on
    balanced matching:

    Oliver Sturm
    Oliver Sturm, Aug 3, 2005
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  3. colinhumber

    Oliver Sturm Guest

    Or, thinking about it, you don't want to do that at all, because the
    button tag can't be nested at all. In that case, try something like this:


    Oliver Sturm
    Oliver Sturm, Aug 3, 2005
  4. Are you trying to parse HTML, SGML, XML, or some other markup language
    using regular expressions? If so, the Perl FAQ will tell you why that's
    a bad idea. Use a parser for parsing.

    Also - why the cross-post? Regular expressions are not generic - so an
    answer you get from the Perl group won't necessarily apply to a regex
    engine that's written in C#, and vice versa. If you have a question about
    C# regexes, ask it in the C# group.

    Sherm Pendley, Aug 3, 2005
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