Originally Posted by paulfiera
Most surely, I'm not understanding this the right way.
I'm cleaning up some epubs and have noticed that some of them have anchor tags with a class and an id but without any hyperlink. Some epubs have several hundred in between the text.
So I'm using this regex to find anchor links with nothing inside them
The problem is that it also finds these tags with spans and even text inside.
I would like to be able to restrict the findings to only this situation.
Your REGEX is fine as Doitsu said. It is also overly broad (second term) ;)
which is why it is matching </span></a>
if your id has an ending numbers use that to narrow the scope:(.+?\d+)"></a>