Help with a Javascript/Regex issue

Hello, I am trying to take a string and manipulate some of the characters using Regex Ecmascript version.  Here is the scenario:

String is called "Hello World gr8tly".  

Steps:
1.  Capture the first and last characters of each string.  Result:  Ho, Wd, gy
2.  Capture the remaining characters from each.  result: ell, orl, r8tl
3.  Capture distinct.  result:  el, orl, r8tl
4.  Count distinct.  result: 2, 3, 4
5.  Join steps 1 and 4 together.  result:  H2o, W3d, g48tl.  White space should not be counted.  Need to allow for special characters

Here is my current code:
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <div>
        <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="Enter word or phrase in this box:"></asp:Label><br />
        <textarea id="one" runat= "server" style="overflow:hidden; width:500px; height:100px"></textarea><br />
        <asp:Label ID="Label2" runat="server" Text="Here Is detailed string breakdown:"></asp:Label><br />
       <textarea id="two" runat="server" style="overflow:hidden; width:500px; height:100px"></textarea><br />
<asp:Label ID="Label3" runat="server" Text="This shows the speacial 3 character code: "></asp:Label><br />
<textarea id="three" runat="server" style="overflow:hidden; width:500px; height:100px"></textarea><br />
        <asp:Label ID="Label4" runat="server" Text="This shows the speacial 3 character code: "></asp:Label><br />
<textarea id="four" runat="server" style="overflow:hidden; width:500px; height:100px"></textarea><br />
        <input id="Reset1" type="reset" value="reset" />
       
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>



<script>

    $('#one').keyup(function (e) {
        var txtVal = $(this).val();
        $('#two').val(txtVal.length);
        $('#three').val(txtVal.match(/\b(\w){1,2}/g));
        $('#four').val(txtVal.match(/\b(\w)|(\w)\b/g));
       
    });
</script>
    </div>
    </form>
</body>

I appreciate your help with this.  Please let me know if you need more details.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Is this homework?

Anyway, this is not a regex problem, it's a substring problem.
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Blessed7777Author Commented:
What is the solution?  No this is not homework, I am trying to learn regex on my own time.  I this something you can assist with?
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Blessed7777Author Commented:
I tried concatenating the results from each line. The individual lines are working correctly showing str1=H,W,g
str2=o,d,y

in stead of Ho,Wd,gy I get H,W,g,o,d,y.  How does var newString = str1.concat(str2); need to be in order to get the correct order?

Here is my code:

$('#one').keyup(function (e) {
                var txtVal = $(this).val();
                var str1 = (txtVal.match(/\b(\w)/g));
                var str2 = (txtVal.match(/(\w)\b/g));
                $('#three').val(str1);
                $('#four').val(str2);
                var newString = str1.concat(str2);
                document.write(newString);
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hieloCommented:
The function below will return an array with the items you want.
var str="Hello World gr8tly";

var result = parse_it(str);

alert( result ); 

function parse_it(str)
{
    var matches = null;
    var rule_1=[];
    var rule_2=[];
    var result=[];
    while( (matches = str.match( /\b([a-z])([a-z0-9]*?)([a-z0-9])\b/i) ) )
    {
        rule_1.push(matches[1]+matches[3]);
        rule_2.push(matches[2]);
        str = str.replace(matches[0],'');
    }
    for( var i=0;i<rule_2.length; ++i)
    {    
        var str = rule_2[i];
        for(var j=0; j<str.length; ++j)
        {
            var l = str.charAt(j);
            str = str.substr(0,j+1)+str.substring(j+1).replace(l,'')
        }
        rule_2[i] = str;
        result[result.length] = rule_1[i].charAt(0) + str.length + rule_1[i].charAt(1);
    }
    return result;
}

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Blessed7777Author Commented:
Thank you for your help with his hielo.  I am new to regex so I have a little bit of a learning curve.
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