First tip as part of Frank's Penance. <tip type="Regex" author="Frank Marion"> It had to happen! Someone wrote a *visual editor* for regular expressions! The fine people at HouseOfFusion.com created a drive to pay the author to port it to Windows. At the moment, the tool is in a somewhat nascent state, but it shows great promise. Thought I still prefer to do them by hand, the tool is excellent for "verbally" describing the construction of a regex. From the manual's introduction: --- The regular expression editor is an editor for editing regular expression in a graphical style (in contrast to the ascii syntax). Traditionally regular expressions have been typed in the ascii syntax, which for example looks like ^.*kde\b. The major drawback of this style is + It is hard to understand for non-programmers. + It requires that you escapes certain symbols (to match a star for example, you need to type \*). + It requires that you remember rules for precedence (What does x|y* match? a single x or a number of y, OR a number of x and y's mixed?) The regular expression editor, on the other hand, lets you draw your regular expression in an unambiguous way. The editor solves at least item two and three above. It might not make regular expressions available for the non-programmers, though only tests by users can tell that. --- The Regular Expresion Editor can be downloaded from the following address. http://www.cfregex.com/ </tip> -- Frank Marion lists at frankmarion.com Keep the signal high.