How do I perform a Javascript match with a pattern that depends on a variable?


The current implementation of <a href="http://remysharp.com/2007/12/28/jquery-tag-suggestion/" rel="nofollow">Remy Sharp's jQuery tag suggestion plugin</a> only checks for matches at the beginning of a tag. For example, typing "Photoshop" will not return a tag named "Adobe Photoshop".

By default, the search is case-sensitive. I have slightly modified it to trim excess spaces and ignore case:

for (i = 0; i < tagsToSearch.length; i++) { if (tagsToSearch[i].toLowerCase().indexOf(jQuery.trim(currentTag.tag.toLowerCase())) === 0) { matches.push(tagsToSearch[i]); } }

What I have tried to do is modify this again to be able to return "Adobe Photoshop" when the user types in "Photoshop". I have tried using match, but I can't seem to get it to work when a variable is present in the pattern:

for (i = 0; i < tagsToSearch.length; i++) { var ctag = jQuery.trim(currentTag.tag); if (tagsToSearch[i].match("/" + ctag + "/i")) { // this never matches, presumably because of the variable 'ctag' matches.push(tagsToSearch[i]); } }

What is the correct syntax to perform a regex search in this manner?


If you want to do regex dynamically in JavaScript, you have to use the <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Core_JavaScript_1.5_Reference/Global_Objects/RegExp" rel="nofollow">RegExp object</a>. I believe your code would look like this (haven't tested, not sure, but right general idea):

for (i = 0; i < tagsToSearch.length; i++) { var ctag = jQuery.trim(currentTag.tag); var regex = new RegExp(ctag, "i") if (tagsToSearch[i].match(regex)) { matches.push(tagsToSearch[i]); } }


Instead of

"/" + ctag + "/i"


new RegExp(ctag, "i")


You could also continue to use indexOf, just change your === 0 to >= 0:

for (i = 0; i < tagsToSearch.length; i++) { if (tagsToSearch[i].toLowerCase().indexOf(jQuery.trim(currentTag.tag.toLowerCase())) >= 0) { matches.push(tagsToSearch[i]); } }

But then again, I may be wrong.


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