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> -----Original Message-----
> From: list-bounce / example.com 
> [mailto:list-bounce / example.com] On Behalf Of Peter Bailey
> Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 1:06 PM
> To: ruby-talk ML
> Subject: Re: confused by back refs in gsub
> 
> Felix Windt wrote:
> >> 
> >> I've tried "\1" instead of "\&," too. Same result. I've also
> >>
> > If you're hardcoding replacements like that and are certain 
> that your 
> > source is well formed xml, you could also just skip the back 
> > references:
> > 
> > irb(main):001:0> "<registrantName>Normandy Group 
> > LLC</registrantName>".gsub!(/registrantName>/, 'SUB.HEAD4>') => 
> > "<SUB.HEAD4>Normandy Group LLC</SUB.HEAD4>"
> > irb(main):002:0>
> 
> I don't quite understand your suggestion, Felix. Yes, I 
> believe my source data is well-formed XML. Are you suggesting 
> that, somehow, because it is well-formed XML, I can ignore 
> the element closings? I tried what I thought you meant by:
> 
> xmlfile.gsub!(/<registrantName>/, '<SUB.HEAD4>')
> 
> and, I got the subhead callout at the beginning of the data, 
> but, the closing element still is there--</registrantName>/
> 
> -Peter
> --
> Posted via http://www.ruby-forum.com/.
>

I'm leaving off the opening bracket '<':

line.gsub!(/registrantName>/, 'SUB.HEAD4>')

So that it will match the opening as well as closing statement. 

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