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Old 03-18-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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RegEx Help

I've got a load of ePubs that have their text loaded with tags written as:
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<a id="p2"></a>
Where "p" followed by the number represents the original page number of the book if came from. This number ranges from single digits to into the thousands.

I'd like to remove them but unfortunately I can't figure out the RegEx command for this, previously in sigil I would have used the wildcard mode, but now with it removed, my only recourse is RegEx.

Any idea on what to use?

Also looking in the toc.ncx there is a pagelist lection referencing all those tags. So if I do remove all the those tags, can I delete the pagelist section from the toc.ncx file?
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:31 AM   #2
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Something like "p\d+" for the page numbers (\d = any digit, + = 1 or more times)?

You not only can remove the pagelist, but must, if you have removed all the referenced anchors in the text.
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Sigil takes care of the </a>
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<a id="p\d\+"><\/a>
(Depends a bit on which regex flavour you use; you might have to remove a blackslash or two)
Faster's solution should work as well, but it will remove all anchors.
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Thanks for all the assistance on this, I'll be having a go at it tonight.

BTW, I'll be doing this in Sigil, so the RegEx engine will be PCRE.
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