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Re^3: POD style regex for inline HTML elements

by Loops (Curate)
on Nov 07, 2014 at 10:56 UTC ( #1106474=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: POD style regex for inline HTML elements
in thread POD style regex for inline HTML elements

Hi Aleena,

The extract_* functions are meant to operate on the start of a string, not from an arbitrary point. As mentioned in the Text::Balanced description, you may skip a prefix before the start of the balanced text, but by default this will only skip whitespace.

So if you were to change text to:

my $text = ' <bold>, I<italic>, and B<I<bold and italic>> text.';

Your output would be:

$VAR1 = [ '<bold>', ', I<italic>, and B<I<bold and italic>> text.', ' ' ];

Where the return is a triple of the bracketed text, the remaining string, and the prefix that was bypassed before the bracketed text was found.

If you leave your $text input as it was in your example but change the function call to consider everything preceding a < as a prefix:

my @line = extract_bracketed($text, '<>', qr(.*?(?=<)));
You'll get:
$VAR1 = [ '<bold>', ', I<italic>, and B<I<bold and italic>> text.', 'A line with B' ];

Where the prefix is again everything before the <. but includes the bold code at the end, which you'd have to deal with appropriately.

HTH

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