[ALUG] Are there any Regular Expression gurus here?

Chris Green cl at isbd.net
Mon Oct 30 11:08:12 GMT 2017

On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 05:26:33AM -0400, Steve Engledow wrote:
> >-------- Original Message --------
> >The first line is essentially random, the second line will be all the
> > same character of a limited number of possibles (=, - and maybe a
> > couple more). The lines can probably be required to be the same length
> > but it would be nice if they didn't have to be. It would be OK to have
> > multiple REs, one for each possible 'underline' character.
> Context is everything. Why are you trying to do this with a regular expression 
> and what implementation will you be using? 
> Something like /([-_=])\1{3,}/ will match the underline part (the rest 
> is straightforward) in some implementations but not all allow you to use 
> backrefs in the match. 
> /.{4,}\n([-_=])\1{3,}/ ought to match what you've described. Again... it depends ;)
It's in PHP (ugh they say!).

I'm writing a plugin for DokuWiki so that it will recognise
RestructuredText style underlined headings.  The one thing I don't
like about DokuWiki syntax is the heading style:-

======Top Level Heading======

====Lesser Heading====

I find restructuredText much more natural (and understandable when
reading the text):-

Top Level Heading

Lesser Heading

I have come up with a rather cruder RE than yours:-


Obviously only matches ==== underlines but the way that DokuWiki
plugins work means I can add multiple matching RE patterns so I can
just repeat the above for other characters.

In yours does the range [-_=] mean it will match a line like ==-___===?

Chris Green

More information about the main mailing list