Understanding the "any" character

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Understanding the "any" character

Post by pieter1 » Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:29 pm

I have a series of files which contain structures like:
... stands for multiline content including other xml tags.

I need to replace in all files the the a and b content. I defined my search string as:
The \. is defined in the manual (version 7.6.3) as any character except newline, hence the collection of these two in the search.
Apparantly this was a naive assumption. What do I miss?

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Re: Understanding the "any" character

Post by pieter1 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:03 am

Do I understand correctly from the post: RE: Replace specific links with the underlying link text that the . (dot) and not the \. should be used as the any character?
My example still does not work if I remove the \ from the filter

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Re: Understanding the "any" character

Post by DataMystic Support » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:34 am

Hi Pieter,

Within a character class [], both . (normally a wildcard for any character) and \. , which stands for a period (full stop), both take the meaning of a full stop.

So [.] and [\.] both mean the same as '.'.

Outside of a character class, the meaning of '.' is controlled by the Matching Options dialog - the [...] button next to the Search Type.

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