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Checking for "any character" using regular expressions in multiline text

, 30 Jan 2012
".*" may not be what you want in multi-line strings

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30 Jan 2012
Matt T Heffron
For .NET and Perl Regex: Instead of changing the Regex pattern, use the RegexOptions.Singleline (.NET) or "s" modifier (Perl). This enables "." to match newline.
8 Feb 2012
jsc42
\S does not / did not work on all versions of RegExp on Microsoft JScript / VBScript (sorry to be vague - I just recall having to avoid it because it was flakey). Instead you could try Start([.|\n]*)End (match everything except newline and newline)Update: Checked some old code: I could...

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