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How would I write a regex in Coldfusion that would search for any "." period characters that appear within brackets and then replace those periods with a space.

For example:

Yada yada yada (my data. yoho. ho) yaya yaya.

I want to turn this into:

Yada yada yada (my data   yoho   ho) yaya yaya.

The reason is that I want to parse a paragraph into its individual sentences and I'm using the period at the end of each sentence as a delimiter.

But some paragraphs have content in brackets and some of that content contains abbreviations followed by a period which have nothing to do with the end of the sentence.

Or maybe there is a smarter way to do this.

Hope you can help

Thx
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by:Gurpreet Singh Randhawa
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you can do this with simple replace functionality:

<cfset urstring = "Yada yada yada (my data. yoho. ho) yaya yaya.">

<cfset strRemovePeriods = Replace("#urstring#","."," ","ALL")>

<cfdump var="#strRemovePeriods#">

it will show ur string as periods replaced with spaces
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by:bigmikey88
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But I don't want to remove the periods that mark the end of a sentence.  Just want to remove other periods - which show up between brackets ( )
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by:micropc1
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Not sure how you would do that that with CF's regex functions. You may need to create a UDF to do some string parsing like follows... (this will only work for the first set of parens)

<cfset myStr = "Yada yada yada (my data. yoho. ho) yaya yaya.">
<cfset indexParen1 = find("(", myStr, 1)>
<cfset indexParen2 = find(")", myStr, indexParen1)>

<!---if parens exist and are in the correct order--->
<cfif indexParen1 NEQ 0 AND indexParen2 NEQ 0 AND indexParen2 GT indexParen1>
	<cfset myStr =left(myStr, indexParen1 - 1) & replace(mid(myStr, indexParen1, indexParen2 - indexParen1 + 1), ".", " ", "all") & right(myStr, len(myStr) - indexParen2)>
</cfif>

<cfoutput>#myStr#</cfoutput>

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(no points ..)

Mike - Might be possible, but you should really add the regex zone to the question. A regex guru could tell you if it's possible with lookaheads.
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by:bigmikey88
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I will repost in the regex section

Also going to the tech bookstore to find a good book in Regex.

Thx all
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Mike - Appreciate the points, but in this case they should go to the other 2 experts that unlike me - provided actual code! ;-)
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