ask for a RE pattern to match TABLE in html

Cédric Lucantis omer at
Thu Jun 26 16:11:36 CEST 2008

Le Thursday 26 June 2008 15:53:06 oyster, vous avez écrit :
> that is, there is no TABLE tag between a TABLE, for example
> <table >something with out table tag</table>
> what is the RE pattern? thanks
> the following is not right
> <table.*?>[^table]*?</table>

The construct [abc] does not match a whole word but only one char, so  
[^table] means "any char which is not t, a, b, l or e".

Anyway the inside table word won't match your pattern, as there are '<' 
and '>' in it, and these chars have to be escaped when used as simple text.
So this should work:

re.compile(r'<table(|[ ].*)>.*</table>')
                    ^ this is to avoid matching a tag name starting with table 
(like <table_ext>)

Cédric Lucantis

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