I would like to be able to create a collection of nodes where the text starts with a word and then a number. For example, given the following:
<p>FINDTHIS 1</p> <p>FINDTHIS SOMETEXT</p> <p>FINDTHIS 2</p>
I would like to be able to create a collection consisting of two paragraph nodes: FINDTHIS 1 and FINDTHIS 2.
One possible approach would be to create an xpath query like
//p[starts-with(., 'FINDTHIS ')] and then use a regular expression to determine whether or not the next character is a number. If I wanted to obtain a list of matches that returned the above criteria, I could create a regular expression object and test the text for each member in the collection.
Is there a way to utilize a regular expression directly within the selector using HtmlAgilityPack?
No, the HTML Agility Pack does not currently support this. It supports XPath version 1 queries, which does not support regular expressions.
That said, you'll have to do as you recommended and select using the XPath expression up to the point where you want to use a regular expression, and then use the
Where extension method to filter out the appropriate nodes based on an