ASP.NET/VB/REGEX: Format special content in columns

Using ASP.NET/VB and Regualar Expressions, how can I change this:
Hello World

===Row 1 Column 1
===Row 1 Column 2
===Row 1 Column 3

===Row 2 Column 1
===Row 2 Column 2
===Row 2 Column 3

Hello Again World

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to this:
Hello World
<span class="infoColumns">
 <span class="col1">Row 1 Column 1</span>
 <span class="col2">Row 1 Column 2</span>
 <span class="col3">Row 1 Column 3</span>
</span>
<span class="infoColumns">
 <span class="col1">Row 2 Column 1</span>
 <span class="col2">Row 2 Column 2</span>
 <span class="col3">Row 2 Column 3</span>
</span>
Hello Again World

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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi hankknight;

Given the input in the question the following code snippet should give you what you are looking for.

// Read all lines of the file into a string array or just start out with string array
var input = File.ReadAllLines("C:/Working Directory/TestData.txt");
// Used to build the output string
StringBuilder output = new StringBuilder();
// Used to place the ending </span> in the output string
bool ended = true;

foreach (var line in input)
{
    if (line.StartsWith("==="))
    {
        if (ended)
        {
            output.Append("<span class=\"infoColumns\">\r\n");
            ended = false;
        }
        var fields = line.Split(new String[] { " " }, StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);
        var strFormatted = String.Format("\t<span class=\"col{0}\">Row {1} Column {2}</span>\r\n", fields[3], fields[1], fields[3]);
        output.Append(strFormatted);
    }
    else if (line.Count() > 0)
    {
        output.Append(line);
   }
    else
    {
        output.Append("</span>\r\n");
        ended = true; 
    }
}

Console.WriteLine(output.ToString());

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hankknightAuthor Commented:
I want this to be done using REGEX and I need to to work with VB, not C#.
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Try:

Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions

Module Module1

    Sub Main()
        Dim source As String = "Hello World" + vbCrLf +
                               "" + vbCrLf +
                               "===Row 1 Column 1" + vbCrLf +
                               "===Row 1 Column 2" + vbCrLf +
                               "===Row 1 Column 3" + vbCrLf +
                               "" + vbCrLf +
                               "===Row 2 Column 1" + vbCrLf +
                               "===Row 2 Column 2" + vbCrLf +
                               "===Row 2 Column 3" + vbCrLf +
                               "" + vbCrLf +
                               "Hello Again World"
        Dim replacement As String = "<span class=""infoColumns"">" + vbCrLf +
                                    "    <span class=""col$2"">$1</span>" + vbCrLf +
                                    "    <span class=""col$4"">$3</span>" + vbCrLf +
                                    "    <span class=""col$6"">$5</span>" + vbCrLf +
                                    "</span>"
        Dim pattern As String = "(?<=\n)[ \t]*\r\n===(Row \d Column (\d))\r\n===(Row \d Column (\d))\r\n===(Row \d Column (\d))\r\n"

        Dim result As String = Regex.Replace(source, pattern, replacement)

        result = result.Replace("</span><span", "</span>" + vbCrLf + "<span")

        Console.WriteLine(result)
        Console.ReadKey()
    End Sub

End Module

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hankknightAuthor Commented:
I get an error:
Compiler Error Message: BC30516: Overload resolution failed because no accessible 'Replace' accepts this number of arguments.
Dim result As String = Regex.Replace(source, pattern, replacement)

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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
I'd have to see your full code. What I posted above is working code.

Screenshot
Make sure you have the Imports statement at the top of your code file.
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hankknightAuthor Commented:
Thanks,  Could you please make it work with this code?
<%@ Page Language="VB" %>
<%

Dim input As String = "{-} {c} {tm} {r}" & VbNewLine & "Hello World" & VbNewLine & VbNewLine & "===Row 1 Column 1" & VbNewLine & "===Row 1 Column 2" & VbNewLine & "===Row 1 Column 3" & VbNewLine & "===Row 2 Column 1" & VbNewLine & "===Row 2 Column 2" & VbNewLine & VbNewLine & "Hello World"

input = Server.HtmlEncode(input)

' Links
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(?<!\S)(https?://\S+[^\s@,.""']+)", "<a target=""_blank"" href=""$1"">$1</a>")
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(?<!\S)(\www\.\S+[^\s@,.""']+)", "<a target=""_blank"" href=""http://$1"">$1</a>")

' Email Addresses
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(?<!\S)\w[\w\.]*\w?@[\w\.]+\w", "<a href=""mailto:$0"">$0</a>")

' Spaces
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "  ", " &nbsp;")

' Line Breaks
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, VbNewLine, VbNewLine +"<br />")

' Dash Symbol
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input,"-- ", "&mdash; ")

' Bullet Symbol
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "\{\-\}", "&#8226;")

' Copyright Symbol
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "\{[cC]\}", "&#169;")

' Trademark Symbol
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "\{[tT][mM]\}", "&#8482;")

' Registered Trademark Symbol
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "\{[rR]\}", "&#174;")

' Fix Double Entities
input = RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(input, "(?<=&)amp;(?=#?\w+;)", String.Empty)

Response.write(input)

%>

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