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Thanks for your clarification. I did understand Grandfather's code, I think I just used the wrong terminology in my question -- as you said, what I wanted was the proper regex to search for that four-digit year. Your additions (as well as your modification of the $bibData field) did that beautifully.

I do expect to come upon a number of rough spots, especially as I'm expecting to edit all of my research notes in a file that is equally human- and machine-readable. Quite a dream, isn't it?

One immediate problem I see with this is that the script only recognizes bibliographic data between quotation marks. So, a journal article between quotes will get picked up while a book title, which conventionally doesn't have quotes, will not. This effectively excludes about a third of my data from the xml output.

I think I might go back and edit the raw text file so that the bibliographic info on each line is between | characters.

My question is, what regex could I use to replace ^([^"]* "[^"]+".*?) so that $bibData identifies all text between | characters?

Thanks again. I'll be sure to show everyone the final product once I'm finished.

In reply to Re^4: Converting a Text file to XML by strobodyne
in thread Converting a Text file to XML by strobodyne

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