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What regex will match every character except comma ',' or semi-colon ';'? (3)

Use character classes. A character class beginning with caret will match anything not in the class.

[^,;]

Is it possible to define a regex which will match every character except a certain defined character or set of characters?

Basically, I wanted to split a string by either comma (,) or semi-colon (;). So I was thinking of doing it with a regex which would match everything until it encountered a comma or a semi-colon.


Use this:

([^,;]*[,;])*

[^,;]+         

You haven't specified the regex implementation you are using. Most of them have a Split method that takes delimiters and split by them. You might want to use that one with a "normal" (without ^) character class:

[,;]+




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