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Javascript Help - Text search

So here is the code to start with:

<form id="theForm">
Enter some text:<br/>
   <textarea name="theText" cols="80" rows="10">
<input type="button" name="doit" value="Show the definitions"/>
<div id="showit" style="border: solid blue 3px; width: 400px;"></div>
<div id="defs" style="border: solid blue 3px; width: 400px;"></div>

<script type="text/javascript">
  function( )
      var words = {
        "armchair" : "something to sit in",
        "arm"   : "connects your hand to your body",
        "hello" : "this is a greeting",
        "world" : "terra firma",
        "tester" : "what im doing now"

      var f = document.getElementById("theForm");
      f.doit.onclick = showAll;

      function showAll( )
          var txt = "</span>" + f.theText.value.replace(/\n/g,"<br/>\n") + "<span>";

          var defs = [ ];
          for ( var word in words )
              var re = new RegExp( "(\\<\\/span\>[\\s\\S]*?)(" + word + ")([\\s\\S]*?\\<span)", "ig" );
              if ( re.test(txt) )  
                  txt = txt.replace( re, '$1<span style="background-color: yellow;">$2</span>$3' );
                  defs.push( word + ": '" + words[word] + "'" );
          document.getElementById("showit").innerHTML = txt;
          document.getElementById("defs").innerHTML = defs.join("<br/>");
)( );


Now what this does is the user enters some text in the textbox, then in a div it shows the text with highlighted words. These highlighted words are from my word variable. And underneath the div I have another one that will show the definition of these words.


Give the code a go if you dont understand Smiley Happy


So the problem is when the user puts in 'harming', 'arm' is highlighted and it will show the definition for 'arm'. But I dont want this to happen. 


E.g Location has the word 'Cat' inside it (loCATion), now if If 'Cat' is in my variable then it would highlight it and show the definiton for it.


Any solution?





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Posts: 1,561
Registered: ‎04-12-2010
My Device: BlackBerry Z10
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Re: Javascript Help - Text search

This seems to mostly be a matter of regular expression matching which, unfortunately, is not one of my strong suits.

There are ways to split the string using JavaScript (by spaces) and check for matches there, though that doesn't account for special characters and isn't as elegant as regex.

Perhaps there is a way to check that the characters before/after the match aren't letters with a regex?

Erik Oros | @WaterlooErik | eoros@blackberry.com | Developer Issue Tracker

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