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Old 03-03-2016, 06:36 PM   #1
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Regular Expressions search in Book Viewer

I regularly use the regex capability of the Quality Check plugin to find books. However, once I have the list of books matching the pattern, I don't see a way to find the match within each book since Book Viewer doesn't, to my knowledge, support RegEx in its search.

For example, I search my whole library for:
Code:
\ssough\s
But then I when I want to find the particular place in the book, I have to search through all the matches for
Code:
sough
to find the true match.

Is there a way to use a RegEx search on an individual book's text?
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:29 PM   #2
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No, there isn't. Search in the viewer is run using qt webkit, and it has no facility for regexes. Youcan convert your book to txt and run your query on the txt file using your favorite txt editor instead.
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:44 PM   #3
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Or use the Book Editor (all text files scope), Just don't SAVE when done
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:03 AM   #4
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You cant use the book editor as there it searches in the code view, which means you cannot match text that spans multiple html tags.
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:46 PM   #5
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Bummer. Thanks. Converting to text and searching would be sadly slower than repetitively clicking to find the "right" match (I do this multiple times a week often through scores of books each time). And thanks (kind of for the note about the book editor search...saves me some time trying to figure out why that didn't work when I'd attempted to search that way.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:52 PM   #6
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@fncll - FWIW and only appropriate if you search for the same thing in multiple books.

I ensure all my books have a format that my desktop search tool can handle, most recently that's primarily been Windows Search, which has improved over time. I am currently trialling X1 - impressive, not free though.

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