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Posted by Terry   USA  (87 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Fri 26 Jun 2009 03:11 PM (UTC)

Amended on Fri 26 Jun 2009 03:14 PM (UTC) by Terry

Hey all! I couldn't find a board on regular expressions, so I thought I would just post it here in general.

In the past I was doing word completion where it would put in the various possibilities like this:

In this example, it would match sc, sco, or scor, and input "score". Although this is fine for short commands, I'm interested in allowing completion for arguments, etc., like with 'look' or 'kill'. Does anyone know of a way of handling completion in RegExp? Otherwise, I guess I'd have to use a Lua table, or something. =\


Edit: Btw, is there a RegExp board somewhere that I couldn't find? Thanks again!
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Posted by David Haley   USA  (3,881 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #1 on Fri 26 Jun 2009 05:31 PM (UTC)
I'm not aware of how you'd write a regex to do prefix matching, although it does seem that something like that could exist. I would indeed suggest using Lua, with some kind of table of words that you want to be completable.

David Haley aka Ksilyan
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (23,016 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #2 on Fri 26 Jun 2009 09:07 PM (UTC)
I don't think a regexp would work really well for completion, because inside the regexp you would need all the possible words - which might be lengthy.

I think the table idea would work better. You know MUSHclient has tab-completion? And you can add to its custom completion table? You could simply put words like "look" and "kill" in it, type "lo" and hit tab.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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