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Help create script to Copy to Clipboard Paste RegEx Results

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So been messing with this idea in my freetime and everytime I feel like I made the right connection, just one small thing does not work.

The idea would be this:

Select text in a document or webpage and use a hotkey to copy it to the clipboard and run a given RegEx filter on it, push it back to the clipboard in its modified state so that when I paste into a document I get the results of the RegEx.


I found this code that I think is a good base for adding text to the clipboard:

#include <GuiConstantsEx.au3>

; AutoIt Code: http://www.autoitscript.com/
$gui = GUICreate('', 500, 300, 0, 0)

; input that will receive richtext clipboard data
$input_clipboard = GuiCtrlCreateInput('my hidden input', 0, 0, 0, 0)

; copy plaintext to clipboard: ctrl+shift+c (normal copy to clipboard ctrl+c)
HotKeySet('^+c', 'ClipPutPlainText') ; ctrl+shift+c

; replaces richtext in clipboard with plaintext
Func ClipPutPlainText()
    ; set input value to whatever is currently in clipboard
    GUICtrlSetData($input_clipboard, ClipGet())
    ; put plaintext data in clipboard

While 1
    $msg = GUIGetMsg()
    Switch $msg
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE

and I had this working for RegEx

#include <array.au3>

$array = StringRegExp("(My String)", "(My RegEx)", 3)

For $i = 0 To UBound($array) - 1
    MsgBox(0, "", $array[$i] & @CR)

I tried to push $input_clipboard into my RegEx and then take those results back to the clipboard but I just get return codes.

I tried _ArrayToClip() without too much luck.

Should be rather easy and it was a good project for me to practice on but I think it's time to ask for a bit of help.


Edited by ViciousXUSMC

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I don't really know if I understood the question but something like this should work ;)

HotKeySet('^+c', 'ClipPutPlainText') ; ctrl+shift+c
HotKeySet('^+s', '_Exit') ; ctrl+shift+s

While 1

Func ClipPutPlainText()
    $sClipGet = ClipGet()
    $sClipGet = StringRegExpReplace($sClipGet, "a", "(o_o )"); Just an example replacing letter a to (o_o )
EndFunc   ;==>ClipPutPlainText

Func _Exit()
EndFunc   ;==>_Exit



Edited by sahsanu

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@sahsanu - You are probably right on the mark.  Regardless, we have neither enough definition of what the user wants nor do we have the code used to try his regexp.

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StringRegExpReplace if much better suited to what I understand from the OP since it always returns a string, whether or not the match (replacement) succeeds or fails. That sems to fit to the term "filter" pretty well.

Now StringRegExp is more problematic: a failure returns an array or not. Next, in the general case, what processing should be done to the array elements: concatenate them blindly or somehow grouped by number of captures at every match, or what?

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Another excellent RegExp tutorial. Don't forget downloading your copy of up-to-date pcretest.exe and pcregrep.exe here
RegExp tutorial: enough to get started
PCRE v8.33 regexp documentation latest available release and currently implemented in AutoIt beta.

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SQLite Expert (freeware Personal Edition or payware Pro version) is a very useful SQLite database manager.
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SQL tutorial (covers "generic" SQL, but most of it applies to SQLite as well)
A work-in-progress SQLite3 tutorial. Don't miss other LxyzTHW pages!
SQLite official website with full documentation (may be newer than the SQLite library that comes standard with AutoIt)

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