[thelist] Excluding tags from a regular expression search

will garrison willgarrison at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 13:27:10 CDT 2007

First of all I'm pretty new to regular expressions, so please forgive
my inexperience.

Here's what I'm trying to accomplish:

1. user inputs a search term
2. using provided search term, search through a block of XHTML for matches.
3. highlight the matches

This is working perfectly. The problem however is that when a user
enters an "a", for example, every "a" is highlighted including any "a"
that is within a tag.

When the user enters a search term I am storing it in a variable
called "sp" (for search phrase).

Currently my regular expression looks like this: "/"+sp+"/ig"

I'm trying to find a way to make that regular expression find anything
that matches the search phrase that is not inside of a tag.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated.


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