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ASP.NET / VB / REGEX: Automatically create email links ignoring characters at end

Posted on 2012-03-26
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I use the following code to make email addresses links.

input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(\S+\@\S+\.\S+)", "<a href=""mailto:$1"">$1</a>")

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The problem is that periods and commas and single quotes and double quotes mess things up.
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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Try:

input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(\S+\@\S+\.[^\s,.""']+)", "<a href=""mailto:$1"">$1</a>")

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by:hankknight
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kaufmed, that fixes this:
xyz@example.com.
and this:
xyz@example.com"

But not this:
"xyz@example.com"

Could you make it work for both the beginning and the end?

Thanks.
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käµfm³d   👽 earned 2000 total points
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Sure, just replace the thing at the front with the thing I change to on the back. In other words:

input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "([^\s@,.""']+\@\S+\.[^\s@,.""']+)", "<a href=""mailto:$1"">$1</a>")

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