[thelist] Regexp help?

Dougal Campbell dougal at gunters.org
Fri Sep 19 13:47:34 CDT 2003

On Fri, 19 Sep 2003, Simon Willison wrote:

> Dougal Campbell wrote:
> > I've been searching for a regexp that will let me do text replacements
> > inside HTML text, but not within HTML tags themselves. In other words,
> > if I had content like this:
> >
> >   <a href="/meta/RSS.xml" title="My RSS feed">Our RSS 2.0 feed</a>
> >
> > I want to be able to modify the text 'RSS' without breaking the link or
> > the title attribute.
> Aaaaar matey. That's one dirty dawg of a problem, but I vanquished it
> last night convertin' my blog to pirate. Here's the trick, ya scurvy
> land lubber:
> function myFunction($bits) {
>      $text = $bits[1];
>      // Now run the replacements on $text
>      // ...
>      return '>'.$text.'<';
> }
> $text = preg_replace_callback('/>(.*?)</s', 'myFunction', $text);
> That thar snippet be just the trick. Now down yer grog, fire up yer
> hornpipe and find yerself a comely wench. Ye international talk like a
> pirate is almost at an end!

Yaarrr! And that be just th' thin' I be needin' it for, matey! Blow me

Currently, the pirate filter I wrote for my blog is doing subs inside
tags, and I wanted to fix that before I release the code. My thanks t'
ye, old salt! I was tryin' to make th' problem more complicated that it
had t' be. Yer solution should do th' trick just fine, and a bottle of

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