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In order to change the minimum font size in HTML to be 3, for a string such as:

   Font face="Times New Roman" size=1

it would be helpful to be able use two substrings:

   Font face=\"[A-Za-z0-9-]*\" size=
   [12]

and then retain the the first substring in the replace, while modifying the second substring.

in some versions of vi, this could be done with something like:

  s/\(Font face=\"[A-Za-z0-9-]*\" size=\)\([12]\)/\13

Please indicate whether something similar can be done in java.

Thanks.

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Try

String s = "Font face=\"Times New Roman\" size=1";
s = s.replaceAll("(Font face=\"Times New Roman\" size=)(\\d+)", $1+"3");
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by:joex
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The above won't compile - the $1 is not recognized
Also, perhaps it replaces all sizes with 3 rather than just sizes 1/2.
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>>The above won't compile - the $1 is not recognized

Sorry -that should be

, "$1+3");


>>Also, perhaps it replaces all sizes with 3 rather than just sizes 1/2.


s = s.replaceAll("(Font face=\"Times New Roman\" size=)([1-2])", "$1+3");
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by:joex
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The following appears to work:

   s.replaceAll("(Font face=\"Times New Roman\" size=)([1-2])", "$13");

The "+" appears otherwise.

Thanks a lot!
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Good - nice to see a fellow vi user ;-)
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