John John -4 years ago 69
PHP Question

PHP/Regex: simple regex for bbcode [s] or [strike] fails to work

For a silly bbcode parser I wanted to add two definitions into one, my original definition was this for preg_replace:

'#\[s\](.*?)\[/s\]#si', '<strike>\\1</strike>'

And this works, I wished for the user to be able to use either
to initiate text in that format, so I naturally added something like this thinking it would work:

'#\[(s|strike)\](.*?)\[/(s|strike)\]#si', '<strike>\\1</strike>'

Unfortunately that fails, instead of what you would expect, both
(used properly) make:
(my markdown is correct to show its real looking result, it shows s or strike regardless of what is inside it)

Why does it replace the inner text with the tag name instead? Is my adding parentheses around the s|strike the problem? I am probably doing this all wrong..

Answer Source

The problem is that you added two new regex groups, (s|strike) in the opening tag and (s|strike) in the closing tag. So inside your resulting code you will get s or strike. You can fix that by simply using the correct group number, 2.

Another way would be to make that new groups non-referencing, by adding a ?: to the beginning, but I guess the first solution is easier to understand:

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