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Re: stripping HTML tags with Perl

From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>

> The actual effect of this is to delete from the string "diff" (or
> "DIFF" or "dIfF" to EOL, so that

Honto da. Gulp.  Since I get paid by the word, that could get expensive.

> "\r" is the Perl idiom for ASCII CR (0x0D).  You can use the literal
> escape with arbitrary characters, but it doesn't transport well (the

I see.

> 	s/<.*?>//ig;
> This is an oops, I think.  AFAIK Perl regexps are _greedy_, matching
> the longest possible string.  Thus

As Darren Cook mentions, the ? makes it stingy, so that it matches the 
next > as it works forward through the string.  Without the ?, it
jumps to the end of the string, works backward, and matches the first
> that it finds as it moves in that direction. Or so I understand.

> This avoids trashing
> the Pascal inequality test "<>" which is not a legal tag, but will
> fail miserably on stuff like
> <address default="<>">

And it still fails miserably.  Taking the ? out of 


does wipe out everything between and including the two outermost < >s, but 
that's probably not what you'd consider success.

Thanks for all the pointers.

Drew Poulin

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