Javascript Regexp dynamic generation from variables?

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You have to use RegExp:

str.match(new RegExp(pattern1+'|'+pattern2, 'gi'));

When I'm concatenating strings, all slashes are gone.

If you have a backslash in your pattern to escape a special regex character, (like \(), you have to use two backslashes in the string (because \ is the escape character in a string): new RegExp('\\(') would be the same as /\(/.

So your patterns have to become:

var pattern1 = ':\\(|:=\\(|:-\\(';
var pattern2 = ':\\(|:=\\(|:-\\(|:\\(|:=\\(|:-\\(';

~ Answered on 2011-02-23 11:17:37


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