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using regex question

Paro Karisian
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Joined: Oct 14, 2004
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I want to use regex to match against patterns I set in an XML schema. The problem is that Matcher.find() returns a match even if it's only a partial match. For example, here is a pattern for zip code:

\d{5}(-\d{4})?

I only want it to return true if the ENTIRE input string matches the pattern.

So, "55555" or "55555-2222" should return true, but "55555-23" or "523121" returns false. Matcher.find() will always find a match for any of these values. What is the best way to make it return true only in the case that the entire input string matches?
[ October 14, 2004: Message edited by: Paro Karisian ]
Ilja Preuss
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Use Matcher.matches


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