Class RegularExpression

  • All Implemented Interfaces:
    java.io.Serializable

    public class RegularExpression
    extends java.lang.Object
    implements java.io.Serializable
    A regular expression matching engine using Non-deterministic Finite Automaton (NFA). This engine does not conform to the POSIX regular expression.

    How to use

    A. Standard way
     RegularExpression re = new RegularExpression(regex);
     if (re.matches(text)) { ... }
     
    B. Capturing groups
     RegularExpression re = new RegularExpression(regex);
     Match match = new Match();
     if (re.matches(text, match)) {
         ... // You can refer captured texts with methods of the Match class.
     }
     

    Case-insensitive matching

     RegularExpression re = new RegularExpression(regex, "i");
     if (re.matches(text) >= 0) { ...}
     

    Options

    You can specify options to RegularExpression(regex, options) or setPattern(regex, options). This options parameter consists of the following characters.

    "i"
    This option indicates case-insensitive matching.
    "m"
    ^ and $ consider the EOL characters within the text.
    "s"
    . matches any one character.
    "u"
    Redefines \d \D \w \W \s \S \b \B \< \> as becoming to Unicode.
    "w"
    By this option, \b \B \< \> are processed with the method of 'Unicode Regular Expression Guidelines' Revision 4. When "w" and "u" are specified at the same time, \b \B \< \> are processed for the "w" option.
    ","
    The parser treats a comma in a character class as a range separator. [a,b] matches a or , or b without this option. [a,b] matches a or b with this option.
    "X"
    By this option, the engine confoms to XML Schema: Regular Expression. The match() method does not do subsring matching but entire string matching.

    Syntax

    Differences from the Perl 5 regular expression

    • There is 6-digit hexadecimal character representation (\vHHHHHH.)
    • Supports subtraction, union, and intersection operations for character classes.
    • Not supported: \ooo (Octal character representations), \G, \C, \lc, \ uc, \L, \U, \E, \Q, \N{name}, (?{code}), (??{code})

    Meta characters are `. * + ? { [ ( ) | \ ^ $'.

    • Character
      . (A period)
      Matches any one character except the following characters.
      LINE FEED (U+000A), CARRIAGE RETURN (U+000D), PARAGRAPH SEPARATOR (U+2029), LINE SEPARATOR (U+2028)
      This expression matches one code point in Unicode. It can match a pair of surrogates.
      When the "s" option is specified, it matches any character including the above four characters.
      \e \f \n \r \t
      Matches ESCAPE (U+001B), FORM FEED (U+000C), LINE FEED (U+000A), CARRIAGE RETURN (U+000D), HORIZONTAL TABULATION (U+0009)
      \cC
      Matches a control character. The C must be one of '@', 'A'-'Z', '[', '\', ']', '^', '_'. It matches a control character of which the character code is less than the character code of the C by 0x0040.
      For example, a \cJ matches a LINE FEED (U+000A), and a \c[ matches an ESCAPE (U+001B).
      a non-meta character
      Matches the character.
      \ + a meta character
      Matches the meta character.
      \xHH \x{HHHH}
      Matches a character of which code point is HH (Hexadecimal) in Unicode. You can write just 2 digits for \xHH, and variable length digits for \x{HHHH}.
      \vHHHHHH
      Matches a character of which code point is HHHHHH (Hexadecimal) in Unicode.
      \g
      Matches a grapheme.
      It is equivalent to (?[\p{ASSIGNED}]-[\p{M}\p{C}])?(?:\p{M}|[\x{094D}\x{09CD}\x{0A4D}\x{0ACD}\x{0B3D}\x{0BCD}\x{0C4D}\x{0CCD}\x{0D4D}\x{0E3A}\x{0F84}]\p{L}|[\x{1160}-\x{11A7}]|[\x{11A8}-\x{11FF}]|[\x{FF9E}\x{FF9F}])*
      \X
      Matches a combining character sequence. It is equivalent to (?:\PM\pM*)
    • Character class
      [R1R2...Rn] (without "," option)
      [R1,R2,...,Rn] (with "," option)
      Positive character class. It matches a character in ranges.
      Rn:
      • A character (including \e \f \n \r \t \xHH \x{HHHH} \vHHHHHH)

        This range matches the character.

      • C1-C2

        This range matches a character which has a code point that is >= C1's code point and <= C2's code point.

      • A POSIX character class: [:alpha:] [:alnum:] [:ascii:] [:cntrl:] [:digit:] [:graph:] [:lower:] [:print:] [:punct:] [:space:] [:upper:] [:xdigit:], and negative POSIX character classes in Perl like [:^alpha:]

        ...

      • \d \D \s \S \w \W \p{name} \P{name}

        These expressions specifies the same ranges as the following expressions.

      Enumerated ranges are merged (union operation). [a-ec-z] is equivalent to [a-z]

      [^R1R2...Rn] (without a "," option)
      [^R1,R2,...,Rn] (with a "," option)
      Negative character class. It matches a character not in ranges.
      (?[ranges]op[ranges]op[ranges] ... ) (op is - or + or &.)
      Subtraction or union or intersection for character classes.
      For exmaple, (?[A-Z]-[CF]) is equivalent to [A-BD-EG-Z], and (?[0x00-0x7f]-[K]&[\p{Lu}]) is equivalent to [A-JL-Z].
      The result of this operations is a positive character class even if an expression includes any negative character classes. You have to take care on this in case-insensitive matching. For instance, (?[^b]) is equivalent to [\x00-ac-\x{10ffff}], which is equivalent to [^b] in case-sensitive matching. But, in case-insensitive matching, (?[^b]) matches any character because it includes 'B' and 'B' matches 'b' though [^b] is processed as [^Bb].
      [R1R2...-[RnRn+1...]] (with an "X" option)
      Character class subtraction for the XML Schema. You can use this syntax when you specify an "X" option.
      \d
      Equivalent to [0-9].
      When a "u" option is set, it is equivalent to \p{Nd}.
      \D
      Equivalent to [^0-9]
      When a "u" option is set, it is equivalent to \P{Nd}.
      \s
      Equivalent to [ \f\n\r\t]
      When a "u" option is set, it is equivalent to [ \f\n\r\t\p{Z}].
      \S
      Equivalent to [^ \f\n\r\t]
      When a "u" option is set, it is equivalent to [^ \f\n\r\t\p{Z}].
      \w
      Equivalent to [a-zA-Z0-9_]
      When a "u" option is set, it is equivalent to [\p{Lu}\p{Ll}\p{Lo}\p{Nd}_].
      \W
      Equivalent to [^a-zA-Z0-9_]
      When a "u" option is set, it is equivalent to [^\p{Lu}\p{Ll}\p{Lo}\p{Nd}_].
      \p{name}
      Matches one character in the specified General Category (the second field in UnicodeData.txt) or the specified Block. The following names are available:
      Unicode General Categories:
      L, M, N, Z, C, P, S, Lu, Ll, Lt, Lm, Lo, Mn, Me, Mc, Nd, Nl, No, Zs, Zl, Zp, Cc, Cf, Cn, Co, Cs, Pd, Ps, Pe, Pc, Po, Sm, Sc, Sk, So,
      (Currently the Cn category includes U+10000-U+10FFFF characters)
      Unicode Blocks:
      Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, Latin Extended-B, IPA Extensions, Spacing Modifier Letters, Combining Diacritical Marks, Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Thai, Lao, Tibetan, Georgian, Hangul Jamo, Latin Extended Additional, Greek Extended, General Punctuation, Superscripts and Subscripts, Currency Symbols, Combining Marks for Symbols, Letterlike Symbols, Number Forms, Arrows, Mathematical Operators, Miscellaneous Technical, Control Pictures, Optical Character Recognition, Enclosed Alphanumerics, Box Drawing, Block Elements, Geometric Shapes, Miscellaneous Symbols, Dingbats, CJK Symbols and Punctuation, Hiragana, Katakana, Bopomofo, Hangul Compatibility Jamo, Kanbun, Enclosed CJK Letters and Months, CJK Compatibility, CJK Unified Ideographs, Hangul Syllables, High Surrogates, High Private Use Surrogates, Low Surrogates, Private Use, CJK Compatibility Ideographs, Alphabetic Presentation Forms, Arabic Presentation Forms-A, Combining Half Marks, CJK Compatibility Forms, Small Form Variants, Arabic Presentation Forms-B, Specials, Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
      Others:
      ALL (Equivalent to [\u0000-\v10FFFF])
      ASSGINED (\p{ASSIGNED} is equivalent to \P{Cn})
      UNASSGINED (\p{UNASSIGNED} is equivalent to \p{Cn})
      \P{name}
      Matches one character not in the specified General Category or the specified Block.
    • Selection and Quantifier
      X|Y
      ...
      X*
      Matches 0 or more X.
      X+
      Matches 1 or more X.
      X?
      Matches 0 or 1 X.
      X{number}
      Matches number times.
      X{min,}
      ...
      X{min,max}
      ...
      X*?
      X+?
      X??
      X{min,}?
      X{min,max}?
      Non-greedy matching.
    • Grouping, Capturing, and Back-reference
      (?:X)
      Grouping. "foo+" matches "foo" or "foooo". If you want it matches "foofoo" or "foofoofoo", you have to write "(?:foo)+".
      (X)
      Grouping with capturing. It make a group and applications can know where in target text a group matched with methods of a Match instance after matches(String,Match). The 0th group means whole of this regular expression. The Nth gorup is the inside of the Nth left parenthesis.

      For instance, a regular expression is " *([^<:]*) +<([^>]*)> *" and target text is "From: TAMURA Kent <kent@trl.ibm.co.jp>":

      • Match.getCapturedText(0): " TAMURA Kent <kent@trl.ibm.co.jp>"
      • Match.getCapturedText(1): "TAMURA Kent"
      • Match.getCapturedText(2): "kent@trl.ibm.co.jp"
      \1 \2 \3 \4 \5 \6 \7 \8 \9
      (?>X)
      Independent expression group. ................
      (?options:X)
      (?options-options2:X)
      ............................
      The options or the options2 consists of 'i' 'm' 's' 'w'. Note that it can not contain 'u'.
      (?options)
      (?options-options2)
      ......
      These expressions must be at the beginning of a group.
    • Anchor
      \A
      Matches the beginnig of the text.
      \Z
      Matches the end of the text, or before an EOL character at the end of the text, or CARRIAGE RETURN + LINE FEED at the end of the text.
      \z
      Matches the end of the text.
      ^
      Matches the beginning of the text. It is equivalent to \A.
      When a "m" option is set, it matches the beginning of the text, or after one of EOL characters ( LINE FEED (U+000A), CARRIAGE RETURN (U+000D), LINE SEPARATOR (U+2028), PARAGRAPH SEPARATOR (U+2029).)
      $
      Matches the end of the text, or before an EOL character at the end of the text, or CARRIAGE RETURN + LINE FEED at the end of the text.
      When a "m" option is set, it matches the end of the text, or before an EOL character.
      \b
      Matches word boundary. (See a "w" option)
      \B
      Matches non word boundary. (See a "w" option)
      \<
      Matches the beginning of a word. (See a "w" option)
      \>
      Matches the end of a word. (See a "w" option)
    • Lookahead and lookbehind
      (?=X)
      Lookahead.
      (?!X)
      Negative lookahead.
      (?<=X)
      Lookbehind.
      (Note for text capturing......)
      (?<!X)
      Negative lookbehind.
    • Misc.
      (?(condition)yes-pattern|no-pattern),
      (?(condition)yes-pattern)
      ......
      (?#comment)
      Comment. A comment string consists of characters except ')'. You can not write comments in character classes and before quantifiers.

    BNF for the regular expression

     regex ::= ('(?' options ')')? term ('|' term)*
     term ::= factor+
     factor ::= anchors | atom (('*' | '+' | '?' | minmax ) '?'? )?
                | '(?#' [^)]* ')'
     minmax ::= '{' ([0-9]+ | [0-9]+ ',' | ',' [0-9]+ | [0-9]+ ',' [0-9]+) '}'
     atom ::= char | '.' | char-class | '(' regex ')' | '(?:' regex ')' | '\' [0-9]
              | '\w' | '\W' | '\d' | '\D' | '\s' | '\S' | category-block | '\X'
              | '(?>' regex ')' | '(?' options ':' regex ')'
              | '(?' ('(' [0-9] ')' | '(' anchors ')' | looks) term ('|' term)? ')'
     options ::= [imsw]* ('-' [imsw]+)?
     anchors ::= '^' | '$' | '\A' | '\Z' | '\z' | '\b' | '\B' | '\<' | '\>'
     looks ::= '(?=' regex ')'  | '(?!' regex ')'
               | '(?<=' regex ')' | '(?<!' regex ')'
     char ::= '\\' | '\' [efnrtv] | '\c' [@-_] | code-point | character-1
     category-block ::= '\' [pP] category-symbol-1
                        | ('\p{' | '\P{') (category-symbol | block-name
                                           | other-properties) '}'
     category-symbol-1 ::= 'L' | 'M' | 'N' | 'Z' | 'C' | 'P' | 'S'
     category-symbol ::= category-symbol-1 | 'Lu' | 'Ll' | 'Lt' | 'Lm' | Lo'
                         | 'Mn' | 'Me' | 'Mc' | 'Nd' | 'Nl' | 'No'
                         | 'Zs' | 'Zl' | 'Zp' | 'Cc' | 'Cf' | 'Cn' | 'Co' | 'Cs'
                         | 'Pd' | 'Ps' | 'Pe' | 'Pc' | 'Po'
                         | 'Sm' | 'Sc' | 'Sk' | 'So'
     block-name ::= (See above)
     other-properties ::= 'ALL' | 'ASSIGNED' | 'UNASSIGNED'
     character-1 ::= (any character except meta-characters)
    
     char-class ::= '[' ranges ']'
                    | '(?[' ranges ']' ([-+&] '[' ranges ']')? ')'
     ranges ::= '^'? (range ','?)+
     range ::= '\d' | '\w' | '\s' | '\D' | '\W' | '\S' | category-block
               | range-char | range-char '-' range-char
     range-char ::= '\[' | '\]' | '\\' | '\' [,-efnrtv] | code-point | character-2
     code-point ::= '\x' hex-char hex-char
                    | '\x{' hex-char+ '}'
                    | '\v' hex-char hex-char hex-char hex-char hex-char hex-char
     hex-char ::= [0-9a-fA-F]
     character-2 ::= (any character except \[]-,)
     

    TODO


    @xerces.internal
    Version:
    $Id: RegularExpression.java 961928 2010-07-08 20:43:46Z knoaman $
    Author:
    TAMURA Kent <kent@trl.ibm.co.jp>
    See Also:
    Serialized Form
    • Constructor Summary

      Constructors 
      Constructor Description
      RegularExpression​(java.lang.String regex)
      Creates a new RegularExpression instance.
      RegularExpression​(java.lang.String regex, java.lang.String options)
      Creates a new RegularExpression instance with options.
      RegularExpression​(java.lang.String regex, java.lang.String options, java.util.Locale locale)
      Creates a new RegularExpression instance with options.
    • Method Summary

      All Methods Instance Methods Concrete Methods 
      Modifier and Type Method Description
      boolean equals​(java.lang.Object obj)
      Return true if patterns are the same and the options are equivalent.
      int getNumberOfGroups()
      Return the number of regular expression groups.
      java.lang.String getOptions()
      Returns a option string.
      java.lang.String getPattern()  
      int hashCode()  
      boolean matches​(char[] target)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
      boolean matches​(char[] target, int start, int end)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern in specified range or not.
      boolean matches​(char[] target, int start, int end, Match match)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern in specified range or not.
      boolean matches​(char[] target, Match match)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
      boolean matches​(java.lang.String target)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
      boolean matches​(java.lang.String target, int start, int end)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern in specified range or not.
      boolean matches​(java.lang.String target, int start, int end, Match match)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern in specified range or not.
      boolean matches​(java.lang.String target, Match match)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
      boolean matches​(java.text.CharacterIterator target)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
      boolean matches​(java.text.CharacterIterator target, Match match)
      Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
      void setPattern​(java.lang.String newPattern)  
      void setPattern​(java.lang.String newPattern, java.lang.String options)  
      void setPattern​(java.lang.String newPattern, java.lang.String options, java.util.Locale locale)  
      void setPattern​(java.lang.String newPattern, java.util.Locale locale)  
      java.lang.String toString()
      Represents this instence in String.
      • Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object

        getClass, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
    • Constructor Detail

      • RegularExpression

        public RegularExpression​(java.lang.String regex)
                          throws ParseException
        Creates a new RegularExpression instance.
        Parameters:
        regex - A regular expression
        Throws:
        ParseException - regex is not conforming to the syntax.
      • RegularExpression

        public RegularExpression​(java.lang.String regex,
                                 java.lang.String options)
                          throws ParseException
        Creates a new RegularExpression instance with options.
        Parameters:
        regex - A regular expression
        options - A String consisted of "i" "m" "s" "u" "w" "," "X"
        Throws:
        ParseException - regex is not conforming to the syntax.
      • RegularExpression

        public RegularExpression​(java.lang.String regex,
                                 java.lang.String options,
                                 java.util.Locale locale)
                          throws ParseException
        Creates a new RegularExpression instance with options.
        Parameters:
        regex - A regular expression
        options - A String consisted of "i" "m" "s" "u" "w" "," "X"
        Throws:
        ParseException - regex is not conforming to the syntax.
    • Method Detail

      • matches

        public boolean matches​(char[] target)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
        Returns:
        true if the target is matched to this regular expression.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(char[] target,
                               int start,
                               int end)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern in specified range or not.
        Parameters:
        start - Start offset of the range.
        end - End offset +1 of the range.
        Returns:
        true if the target is matched to this regular expression.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(char[] target,
                               Match match)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
        Parameters:
        match - A Match instance for storing matching result.
        Returns:
        Offset of the start position in target; or -1 if not match.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(char[] target,
                               int start,
                               int end,
                               Match match)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern in specified range or not.
        Parameters:
        start - Start offset of the range.
        end - End offset +1 of the range.
        match - A Match instance for storing matching result.
        Returns:
        Offset of the start position in target; or -1 if not match.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(java.lang.String target)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
        Returns:
        true if the target is matched to this regular expression.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(java.lang.String target,
                               int start,
                               int end)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern in specified range or not.
        Parameters:
        start - Start offset of the range.
        end - End offset +1 of the range.
        Returns:
        true if the target is matched to this regular expression.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(java.lang.String target,
                               Match match)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
        Parameters:
        match - A Match instance for storing matching result.
        Returns:
        Offset of the start position in target; or -1 if not match.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(java.lang.String target,
                               int start,
                               int end,
                               Match match)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern in specified range or not.
        Parameters:
        start - Start offset of the range.
        end - End offset +1 of the range.
        match - A Match instance for storing matching result.
        Returns:
        Offset of the start position in target; or -1 if not match.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(java.text.CharacterIterator target)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
        Returns:
        true if the target is matched to this regular expression.
      • matches

        public boolean matches​(java.text.CharacterIterator target,
                               Match match)
        Checks whether the target text contains this pattern or not.
        Parameters:
        match - A Match instance for storing matching result.
        Returns:
        Offset of the start position in target; or -1 if not match.
      • setPattern

        public void setPattern​(java.lang.String newPattern,
                               java.util.Locale locale)
                        throws ParseException
        Throws:
        ParseException
      • setPattern

        public void setPattern​(java.lang.String newPattern,
                               java.lang.String options)
                        throws ParseException
        Throws:
        ParseException
      • setPattern

        public void setPattern​(java.lang.String newPattern,
                               java.lang.String options,
                               java.util.Locale locale)
                        throws ParseException
        Throws:
        ParseException
      • getPattern

        public java.lang.String getPattern()
      • toString

        public java.lang.String toString()
        Represents this instence in String.
        Overrides:
        toString in class java.lang.Object
      • equals

        public boolean equals​(java.lang.Object obj)
        Return true if patterns are the same and the options are equivalent.
        Overrides:
        equals in class java.lang.Object
      • hashCode

        public int hashCode()
        Overrides:
        hashCode in class java.lang.Object
      • getNumberOfGroups

        public int getNumberOfGroups()
        Return the number of regular expression groups. This method returns 1 when the regular expression has no capturing-parenthesis.