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Wildcards

You may already be familiar with wildcards when looking for files on your computer. The expression *.doc uses a wildcard character, the asterisk, which represents zero or more characters. The entire expression searches for filenames with zero or more characters followed by the extension ".doc".

Regex allows you to use many different types of wildcard searches, but the most useful one in SiteSpect is the collection of special characters .*?. Taken together, they constitute a wildcard search that finds the next pattern to the right only after finding the pattern to the left. In order to work, it must have text before and after it.

For example, the pattern Subtotal.*?\$ searches for the text "Subtotal" and then uses the wildcard to match any number of characters until it finds the next "$", a literal dollar symbol.