Find and Replace in Files – Add After Start Tag issue

Explorer ,
Jan 18, 2019 Jan 18, 2019

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Hi,

I am trying to use Find and Replace tool to add a tag after another start tag, namely, I want to add <sup> tag after start tag <a>.

As a result, however, Dreamweaver inserts <sup></sup> pair. I don't want it because I have a content inside the <a> tag and I want to use another find and replace tour (Add Before Closing Tag option) to add a </sup> before closing </a>. So that I embrace the content of <a> with <sup>.

I disabled automatic tag closing in Dreamweaver but this doesn't help. Would appreciate any hints how to resolve this annoying behavior.

Peter

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LEGEND , Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

UPDATED:  That didn't allow for punctuation.  SMH.

(<\s*a[^>]+>)([!"#$%&'()*+,-.\/:;=?@[\]^_`{|}~|\w| ]+)(<\s*[^>]+>) is what you put in the FIND if you need to include punctuation.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 18, 2019 Jan 18, 2019

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I think you need to use RegEx to do that.  Just off the top of my head, something _like_:

FIND: (<a[^>]>)(.+)(</a>)  <!--- the parenthesis are back references --->

REPLACE: $1<sup>$2</sup>$3

This _should_ insert <sup> between the opening anchor tag and the text, and </sup> between the text and the closing anchor tag.

UNTESTED.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 18, 2019 Jan 18, 2019

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But I must say that this is old-school and should be avoided.  It would be easier (and better) to apply CSS formatting to all anchor tags.

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UPDATE: According to MDN, it would be better to use CSS for what you are trying to do.

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Explorer ,
Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

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Dear WolfShade​,

thank you for your remarks on that. Yes, applying styles should be easier here. Anyways, the behavior I mention in original post should be somehow addressed.

Peter

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LEGEND ,
Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

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Then if you insist on using deprecated code which will eventually make your site obsolete and unusable, my first post should work.

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Explorer ,
Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

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I meant Dreamweaver search and replace function in general, not the tags.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

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That's what I'm talking about.  In the document in question, open Find and Replace, make sure you select current document, and put a checkmark in the box next to "Regular Expression".

In the find area, enter:  (<a[^>]>)(.+)(</a>)

In the replace area, enter: $1<sup>$2</sup>$3

This will go through the document, find all anchor tags, insert <sup> between the opening anchor tag and the text, insert </sup> between the text and the closing anchor tag.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

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I should add:  This should work assuming that no anchor tags are malformed (ie, "< a href="file.html">" or "< / a >").

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LEGEND ,
Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

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I found time to test this.  So far my original recipe isn't working.  I'll let you know when I have the right RegEx.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

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GOT IT!    I forgot to add a space to the second backreference.

Enter this in the "FIND" area:  (<a[^>]+>)([\w ]+)(<[^>]+>)

Enter this in the "REPLACE" area: $1<sup>$2</sup>$3

The parenthesis are backreferences (related to $1, $2, $3) so you're taking the first backreference, following it with <sup>, then adding the second backreference, following it with </sup>, then appending the third backreference to that.

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LEGEND ,
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UPDATED:  That didn't allow for punctuation.  SMH.

(<\s*a[^>]+>)([!"#$%&'()*+,-.\/:;=?@[\]^_`{|}~|\w| ]+)(<\s*[^>]+>) is what you put in the FIND if you need to include punctuation.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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Did the last update I provided work?

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Explorer ,
Jan 30, 2019 Jan 30, 2019

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Yes, works

Thanks

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Jan 30, 2019 Jan 30, 2019

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Thank you for marking my answer as correct.  I do appreciate it, and I'm sure other users who seek the same as you did will, too.

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