Pattern Matching

Posted on 2002-06-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I am writing a Perl script that should strip HTML tags from a large string and substitute a space for them.  Currently I am using the following command to do this:

$respstr =~ s/(<.*>)/ /g;

This strips anything between < and >.  Unfortunately, this strips most of the HTML since the entire page is enclosed between < and >.  I need to strip anything between < and > exclusive of content contain < or >.  How can I modify the above code to do this?

Thanks for your help.
Question by:mzehner
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$respstr =~ s/(<.*?>)/ /g;
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$respstr =~ s/(<.*?>)/ /gi;
But this also fails if you have HTML like:
<IMG SRC = "foo.gif" ALT = "A > B">
<!-- <A comment> -->
<script>if (a<b && a>c)</script>
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Could you give us a sample of the html you want to substitute?
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Sorry, I meant to say
$respstr =~ s/(<.*?>)/ /gs;

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ID: 7081006
$respstr=~ s/<[^>]+>//g;

Will get all the normal tags.  You may need to do comments first if there is a risk of nested comments or worse comment round tags.
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rj2 earned 50 total points
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Regexp below will also get things like
<img alt="-->" src="arrow.gif">

$respstr =~ s/<("[^"]*"|'[^']*'|[^"'>])*>/ /g;

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Thanks!  All the answers worked quite well.  The one I selected seemed to work the best.  Thanks for the help.

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