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I have a string that contains HTML page content, scattered throughout will be HREF's in the format of:
  <A HREF="text here ending in a /">test</A>
  <A HREF="text here ending in something else">test</A>

I would like to construct the most efficient regex replace function possible that would insert the string:
  onclick="myevent;"
in the 'A HREF' tags where the the location text ends in a "/", such as:
  <A HREF="text here ending in a /" onclick="myevent;">

The remaining 'A HREF' tags where the location text did not end in "/" would not be modified.
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Question by:ddrudik
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by:exoska
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 <A HREF="text here ending in a /">test</A> asfsaf asf s sa
  asdfsadfs<A HREF="text here ending in something else">test</A> sadf asdf asf saf <A HREF="text here ending in a /">test</A>
  <A HREF="text here ending in something else">test</A>

lets say this is the mixed up text

and this is the try;

Dim ResultString, myRegExp
Set myRegExp = New RegExp
myRegExp.IgnoreCase = True
myRegExp.Multiline = True
myRegExp.Global = True
myRegExp.Pattern = "<(a*)([^/]*)/"">(.*?)</\1>"
ResultString = myRegExp.Replace(SubjectString, "<$1 $2 /"" onclick=""myevent;"">$3</$1>")

please take care of the result and the subject strings..

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by:ddrudik
ID: 18778938
That didn't seem to work for me, as no text is added to the references when tested.

This A HREF where the location reference does not end in '/':
<A HREF="?c=a&d=/testfile.foo">
Should be replaced with:
<A HREF="?c=a&d=/testfile.foo" onclick="myevent;">

This A HREF where the location reference ends in '/':
<A HREF="?c=a&d=/">
Should not be modified.

Thanks for your help.
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exoska earned 500 total points
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oh vice-versa( or a little confusing :))

well if you want to replace that type ( <A HREF="?c=a&d=/testfile.foo"> ) below works

Dim ResultString, myRegExp
Set myRegExp = New RegExp
myRegExp.IgnoreCase = True
myRegExp.Multiline = True
myRegExp.Global = True
myRegExp.Pattern = "<(a*)([^/]*)/([A-Za-z0-9]?[^>]+)"">"
ResultString = myRegExp.Replace(SubjectString, "<$1 $2$3/"" onclick=""myevent;"">")

it does not replace <A HREF="?c=a&d=/"> type

im not sure so if it s like  a <A HREF="?c=a&d=/testfile.foo">test</a> type the one
below works( but closing tag(</A>) is required for this one)
'the one with the closing tag
Dim ResultString, myRegExp
Set myRegExp = New RegExp
myRegExp.IgnoreCase = True
myRegExp.Multiline = True
myRegExp.Global = True
myRegExp.Pattern = "<(a*)([^/]*)/([A-Za-z0-9]?[^>]+)"">([^<]+)(</\1>)"
ResultString = myRegExp.Replace(SubjectString, "<$1 $2$3/"" onclick=""myevent;"">$4$5")

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by:ddrudik
ID: 18779743
The first one makes no string replacement and the second one make changes to all A HREF references regardless of if they end in a "/" or not  (remember I need the string only added to those A HREF's that do not end in a "/".  I also had to remove that "/" in the replace command since I don't want a trailing "/" to be added to all references.

I think I can work with your second one by just adding another replacement later for all:
/" onclick="myevent;" with nothing in order to remove the extra ones added by the regex.

If you come up with a modification so I don't have to add another replace that would be better.
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