[Chicago-talk] help with Reg Exp, pls...
walter at torres.ws
Mon Dec 15 22:28:07 CST 2003
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> [mailto:chicago-talk-bounces at mail.pm.org]On Behalf Of Steven Lembark
> Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 5:15 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Chicago-talk] help with Reg Exp, pls...
> Not really sure what you are asking for. "a test" could mean
> nearly anything...
I'm sorry kind people, I really didn't mean to be so obtuse about this...
I have a single string of unknown length and composition that I need to make
sure doesn't contain characters that are not used by 99.99999% of the Roman
language based population of this planet.
Some examples (by no means complete)
Dr. Roger S. O'Malley Jr., PHD
Mrs. Sara Harris-Henderson
Manuel Gonzalez <-- should contain extended chars
Forsok Bokstaver <-- should contain extended chars
Contem Espaco-Valido <-- should contain extended chars
These are the rules I came up with to try and define this...
- a SPACE is used to delimit parts of name from another [Walter Torres]
- a HYPHEN is used to separate a dual name (British style) [Conrad-Smyth]
- an APOSTROPHE is used in many Irish and Scottish names [O'Reilly]
- a PERIOD is used in titles, suffixes [Dr. Sr. Jr.]
- a PERIOD is used for Initials [Walter G. Torres]
- a COMMA is used to delimit a citation of some sort [Dr. Samuel
- allow apostrophes, but only if preceded *and* followed by a Alpha/Extend
- allow hyphen/dash, but only if preceded *and* followed by a Alpha/Extend
- allow PERIOD, but only if preceded by a Alpha/Extend *and* followed by a
SPACE or EOS
- allow SPACE, but only if preceded by a Alpha/Extend, PERIOD or COMMA
*and* followed by a Alpha/Extend
- allow COMMA, but only if preceded by a Alpha/Extend *and* followed by a
Based upon these rules, I've come up with...
/^([a-z\x80-\xFF]+(. )?[ ]?)+$/i
It works, sort of..
- it does not handle the COMMA, HYPHEN or apostrophe rules.
- it allows (multiple) spaces at the end.
I'm hoping someone smarter than me can see how to make this work as desired.
Steve, I hope this explains what I'm after a bit clearer.
Thanks for your time.
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