regular expression, help

Vincent Davis vincent at
Tue Jan 27 18:29:17 CET 2009

I think there are two parts to this question and I am sure lots I am
missing. I am hoping an example will help meI have a html doc that I am
trying to use regular expressions to get a value out of.
here is an example or the line
<td colspan='2'>Parcel ID: 39-034-15-009 </td>
I want to get the number "39-034-15-009" after "Parcel ID:" The number will
be different each time but always the same format.
I think I can match "Parcel ID:" but not sure how to get the number after.
"Parcel ID:" only occurs once in the document.

is this how i need to start?
pid = re.compile('Parcel ID: ')

Basically I am completely lost and am not finding examples I find helpful.

I am getting the html using myurl=urllib.urlopen().
Can I use RE like this

I think the two key things I need to know are
1, how do I get the text after a match?
2, when I use myurl=urllib.urlopen(http://.......). can I use the myurl as
the string in a RE, thenum=pid.match(myurl)

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