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Paul
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      11-28-2003
hi,

i am trying to find a specific word in several html pages, that is _not_
italic, which means not in any case bordered by an <i>-tag.

e.g.

match:
<b><i>word</i></b>
<i><b><span>word</span></b></i>
<i>word</i>

non-match:
word
<b>word</b>

i don't really know how to meet this condition, so your help would be
very appreciated.

thank you,
Paul
 
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Jürgen Exner
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      11-28-2003
Paul wrote:
> i am trying to find a specific word in several html pages, that is
> _not_ italic, which means not in any case bordered by an <i>-tag.
>
> e.g.
>
> match:
> <b><i>word</i></b>
> <i><b><span>word</span></b></i>
> <i>word</i>
>
> non-match:
> word
> <b>word</b>
>
> i don't really know how to meet this condition, so your help would be
> very appreciated.


Congratulations. You just re-discovered that regular expressions are not the
right tool for parsing HTML.
Solution: Use a proper HTML parser like HTML:arser or one of its cousins
and just define a callback function for the <i> tag.

jue


 
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