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alex_read August 17th, 2004 09:48 AM

Regular expression help!!!

Could anyone please give me a regular expression syntax which will pick up absolutely anything which could appear between <tag> and </tag> please>???

I'm trying to use this, but it picks up the entire string (i.e. the first instance of <tag>, rather than just the "<tag>123@#?</tag>" string...



ChrisScott August 17th, 2004 10:24 AM

Hi Alex,





alex_read August 17th, 2004 11:01 AM

Hi Chris!

Thanks for the reply! :D Unfortunately, my real life example has some processing instructions in there - the string actually looks more like this:


I kind of simplified it a bit too much when doing the first post, sorry! What I'm after is to look for everything between the 2 <tag> um, tags within that string.

You're code would have worked great, but for it having the extra <tag_2> and <? instuction tags in there. Thanks again!

ChrisScott August 18th, 2004 02:50 AM

Hi Alex,

In that case you'll need something like:


Bit of a pain to construct for different tags though, so the following function should be of use...


function GetTagExp(pTagName){
    var temp = "<" + pTagName + ">((?:[^<]*|<(?:";
    for(var i = 0; i < pTagName.length; i++){
        temp += pTagName.substr(0, i);
        temp += "[^" + pTagName.charAt(i) + "]|";
    temp += pTagName + "[^\\s>]+)[^>]*>)*)";
    temp += "</" + pTagName + ">";
    return temp;



alex_read August 18th, 2004 03:44 AM

That is absolutely fantastic!!!!

Thanks a million Chris, that's great!

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