Regular Expressions: Can't quite figure this problem out

Miles semanticist at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 03:27:19 CEST 2007


On 9/24/07, Robert Dailey <rcdailey at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm attempting to create a regular expression that removes redundancy in
> empty XML elements. For example:
>
> <root></root>
>
> The regular expression would convert the XML above into:
>
>  <root/>

If you can guarantee that the XML is well-formed, then this should work:

pattern = r'<([^/>][^>]*(?<!/))></[^>]+>'
replace = r'<\1/>'

-Miles



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