Dan > I have a regex problem that is giving me major hassles. the > preamble is that the expression looks for opening HTML tags > in a textarea value [..] > Here is the regex: > > /\<[^\/]([^<>]*)[^\/]>/g What about the following? /\<[^\>\/]+?\>/g I haven't had time to test it I'm afraid, so it may be fatally flawed. Chris Marsh Web Developer http://www.globet.com/ Tel: +44 20 8246 4804 Ext 828 Fax: +44 20 8246 4808 Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily the Company. This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential and privileged and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete it from your system.