Regular expression not quite there, need help!

Posted on 2009-07-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-07

I'm trying to take out the content between the following tags in an RSS document:

<description>Content here </description>

My code is included below which outputs the matches however I get the following at the beginning of each line..


so the line looks like

on> Some RSS content
on> Some more RSS content

So it's obviously not quite right.  Please help

$pattern = '/<description>(.*?)<\/description>/';
preg_match_all($pattern, $buffer, $matches);
foreach ($matches[0] as $val) {
	$val = substr($val, 10);
	echo "$val <br>";

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Question by:nickmarshall
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$pattern = '/<description>([^<]*)<\/description>/';

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The subpattern defined by your parentheses isn't in $machtes[0], but in $matches[1]:

$pattern = '/<description>(.*?)<\/description>/';
preg_match_all($pattern, $buffer, $matches);
foreach ($matches[1] as $val) {
        echo "$val <br>";

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