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Re: [NH] find/replace in tags

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  • Marcelo de Castro Bastos
    ... OK, let s take one detail at a time. Square brackets define a class of characters. Meaning that they match any character that belongs to that class. The
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 6, 2008
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      Interviewed by CNN on 6/10/2008 21:39, Don Strack told the world:
      >> --------------------------------------------------
      >> Reg. Exp.: \<td class\="[^"]*"\>([^<]*)\</td\>
      >> Replace with: <td>$1</td>
      >> [ ] Case Sensitive [x] Regular Exp.
      >> --------------------------------------------------
      >> Does this help?
      >> I suggest you dive into Regular Expressions. The NTP help file
      >> contains
      >> some hints, and you might find some links to tutorials here:
      >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regular_expression
      > I guess I asked the wrong question. What I meant to ask was:
      > How do I strip everything from inside the <td> tags. I tried the above
      > string, I'm not able to figure out what to leave in and what to take out.
      > I see what the \ before the various characters does, to maintain the
      > <td> and </td>, and the " part of the class=, but what do the other
      > parts do?
      > [^"]*
      > and
      > ([^<]*)
      OK, let's take one detail at a time.
      Square brackets define a "class" of characters. Meaning that they match
      any character that belongs to that class.
      The "^" as the first character inside the square brackets INVERTS the
      definition of the class. Thus, [^"] means "any character EXCEPT double
      The asterisk means "0 or more occurrences of the thing that comes
      before". So, [^"]* will match any string that does NOT contain a double
      quote -- that is, it will match everything from the point it begins
      until it finds a double quote (the double quote will "stay outside" of
      the match, so to speak).

      The parentheses assign whatever matched the string inside to a variable.
      So, the second example will find a string that ends just before the next
      HTML tag, and assign it to a variable. Then, in the "replace" field, you
      can use a token (like $1) to insert back that string.

      This is explained in the "Help on Regular Expressions" in the NoteTab
      Help menu. There are also lots of places around the Web where you can
      find more about regular expressions.

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    • Alec Burgess
      Don Strack (donstrack@comcast.net) wrote (in part) (on 2008-10-06 at ... Don: In case you are still struggling after Rudolf s and Marcello s posts? Sounds
      Message 2 of 6 , Oct 6, 2008
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        Don Strack (donstrack@...) wrote (in part) (on 2008-10-06 at
        > Whatever I try, it either finds nothing, or selects everything between
        > the first <td> and the last </td>

        Don: In case you are still struggling after Rudolf's and Marcello's posts?

        Sounds like you might be getting bitten by regex "greedy" mode.
        Though I'm not sure how it would get from first to last unless the html
        code is all in one line. You can control whether a . (dot) can span more
        than one line by putting either (?s) -span multiple lines or (?-s)
        -span ONLY one line at the beginning of your regular expression. If
        neither is specified, (?-s) is implied. So:

        * (?s)<td>.*</td>
        o will find from the first <td> to the LAST </td> in the
        entire file (greedy mode)
        * (?s)<td>.*?</td>
        o will find from the first <td> to the NEXT </td> even if its
        on the next or following lines. (non-greedy mode)

        Your original question was:
        > How do I strip the "class" contents of any and all tags, as below:
        > change this:
        > <td class="[whatever]">[whatever]<
        > /td>
        > to this:
        > <td>[whatever]</td>
        ie. class can appear in other tags than just <td> and (I assume) any
        other attributes are to be left unchanged as is - CORRECT?

        I *think* this should work:
        ^!replace "\bclass=".*?" >> "" rwsai
        In English: match from a word boundary (\b) followed by literal class="
        to the very next occurrence of quote (.*?") and replace everything
        matched by nothing.

        If this doesn't work and/or you can't make it work with a tweaking you
        can guess at .... Could you take one old file and get it to the state
        before you wanted to apply this fix and manually change it to what you
        want the result to be and zip the two files together as before.html and

        I created a folder in our yahoo-group files:
        http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ntb-html/files/HelpMePlease/ where
        you can post the zip.

        Regards ... Alec (buralex@gmail & WinLiveMess - alec.m.burgess@skype)

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