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  • Question

  • Suppose I have the following string:

    <a>qwe15</a>  <a>Hello4xc</a> <a>Hello10Right</a>

    and now, i want to find "<a> Hello10Right </ a>" word, so i will use next  Pattern: "<a>.*?<\/a>"

    now, it will find all words that start with: "<a>" and ends with: "</a>"

    What is inside the tag: "<a>" is Variable.

    I do not know what the length of the string - is also Variable.

    • Edited by YouAndMe75 Saturday, April 13, 2013 4:12 PM
    Saturday, April 13, 2013 4:09 PM


  • You can try following Regex pattern


    Following code should work

    Dim str As String = "<a>qwe15</a>  <a>Hello4xc</a> <a>Hello10Right</a>"
    Dim r As New Regex("<a([^>]*)>(.+?)</a>")
    Dim matches As MatchCollection = r.Matches(str)
    For Each m As Match In matches

    If you want to search in reverse direction then you can try following code

     Dim r As New Regex("<a([^>]*)>(.+?)</a>", RegexOptions.RightToLeft)

    Gaurav Khanna | Microsoft VB.NET MVP | Microsoft Community Contributor

    • Marked as answer by YouAndMe75 Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:57 PM
    Saturday, April 13, 2013 7:11 PM