Replace function with wildcard

Posted on 2005-03-20
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
assumed that:
1. I have a string. Example:

  myString = "I found it at http://www.abc.com/ and www.xyz.com"

2. I need it to display as HTML with clickable hyperlink
3. I need a function that to smart enough to detect the above string contains a hyperlink, and replace it to become

myString = "I found it at <a href='http://www.abc.com/'>http://www.abc.com/</a> and <a href='http://www.xyz.com/'>www.xyz.com</a>"

How do I do that? the vbscript replace() doesn't seems to be able to do this. :(
Question by:calvinfoo
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ID: 13588341
It sounds like string pattern matching is what you are looking to do ...

Using a Regular Expression (Regex object in VBScript) you can search for what looks like a URL and then format it to show the links. It depends on how you want to go about matching items in the string to best match URLs ... if you need further assistance let us know ...

Author Comment

ID: 13588375
thanks for showing me the light

appreciate if there are some coding samples in ASP 3.0 :)
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dfu23 earned 600 total points
ID: 13588597
RegExp object reference:


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Author Comment

ID: 13588829
I guess I am pretty much understood the RegEx object, nothing much complicated,

I have problem writing the regular expression here,

I would like to replace anything that starts with http:// or www to become a hyperlink, <a href=''></a> how do I "express" that pattern?  

Author Comment

ID: 13588881

The perfect answer that I am looking for.

Expert Comment

ID: 13588968
Dear Friend,

Try This String in u r ASP Page......

myString = "I found it at <a href=""http://www.abc.com/"">http://www.abc.com/</a> and <a href=""http://www.xyz.com/"">www.xyz.com</a>"

Copy this Statement  And paste in u r code........... it will work definitely.....

Cheers :)

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