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Regular Expression to extract inner text from anchor tags

Several days ago, someone at the forum has asked how to extract the text from a hyperlink and preserve other HTML tags. It sounded interesting, I did some research but could not find a direct solution. So, I decided to put together a simple regular expression to execute the task.
 
Regular Expression: (<[a|A][^>]*>|</[a|A]>)
 
Explanation:


<[a|A][^>]*> -- Remove <a ...>

</[a|A]> -- Remove </a> tag

 
Example 1:
 
string str1 = "<a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/dp/0596528124/\" class=\"someclass\">Mastering Regular Expressions</a> 
-- <A href=\"http://cnn.com/\">CNN</a> <div><a href=\"http://blog.ysatech.com\">http://blog.ysatech.com</a></div>";
 
str1 = System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(str1, "(<[a|A][^>]*>|)", "");
 

Result: Mastering Regular Expressions -- CNN <div> http://blog.ysatech.com </div>

 
Example 2:
string str2 = "<div><a href=\"http://www.ysatech.com/\" class=\"someclass\">ysatech</a></div>";
 
str2 = System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Replace(str2, "(<[a|A][^>]*>|)", "");
 

Result: <div>ysatech</div>

 
Test this regular expression here.

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Bryian Tan
Software Developer
United States United States
I have over three years of experience working with Microsoft technologies. I have earned my Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification. I'm a highly motivated self-starter with an aptitude for learning new skills quickly.

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