GURU NEEDED - Stripping, reformatting, saving HTML...

  • Hello everybody! Gabriele posting here for the first time.

    I have a huge txt file with product descriptions I need for my online store that I’d like to export in separate HTML file after after being stripped from a bunch of other text I don’t need.

    I post screenshots of the BEFORE and AFTER and also the link to a ZIP file with the source and destination files in txt and html.
    I’d like the exported file to carry the CR and line breaks to the HTML so that I can have that very same formatting as shown in the destination.




    I thank you all very much in advance!

  • Hello Gabriele,

    After two hours about, I succeeded to create the right Search/Replacement, with regular expressions, in order to change your source text into the HTML destination text :-) Quite tricky, indeed !

    The main ideas, which are used, are :

    • All the lines, searched, are ENTIRE lines, with their EOL character(s).

    • Search, first, for a line containing the string CC1, followed by other stuff, which is to be modified OR for a ENTIRE line, which is to be deleted.

    • The string to keep, in each line, begins at the first non blank character, after the regex .*CC1 +\d+ + and ends at the last non blank character, before any range of ending spaces

    • For the line, containing CC1, search for the following number 1 or 22, to identify if it"s the first or the last line to change ( We must add <p>, before the first #1 line and </p>\r\n\r\n<p style="text-......"....</p> after the last #22 line.

    • Try to match, after the other lines (#2 to #21), any following line(s) containing, at least, 70 spaces, that represent(s) the end of a paragraph ( In that case, we must add, at the end of the "standard" line, </p>\r\n\r\n</p>, or ELSE, <br />\r\n ).

    • As usual, in search part, the \R syntax represents any EOL character(s) of a line ( \r\n, in a Windows file, \n, in an Unix/OSX file or \r, in an Old Mac file ).

    • In the replacement part, we use the special (?nxxx:yyy) syntax, which re-writes the string xxx if the group n was matched and re-writes the string yyy, if group n was NOT matched.

    So, follow the few steps below :

    • Open your source text in a new tab of N++

    • Open the Replace dialog ( CTRL + H )

    • In the Find what zone, type (?-s).*CC1 +((1)|(22)|\d+) +(.+[^ ]) +\R(.+ {70,}.*\R)*|(.*(\R|\z))

    • In the Replace with zone, type (?6:(?2<p>)\4(?3</p>\r\n\r\n<p style="text-align\:right">&nbsp;</p>\r\n:(?5</p>\r\n\r\n<\p>:<br />\r\n)))

    • Select the Regular expression search mode

    • Finally, click on the Replace All button

    Et voilà ! I, exactly, obtained the same text as from your link :

    Notes on the SEARCH regex :

    • The (?-s) syntax forces the dot symbol to represent a standard character only ( not an EOL character ).

    • The part .*CC1 matches any string CC1, preceded, from beginning of line, by any standard character.

    • The part +((1)|(22)|\d+) + matches the number 1 or 22 or any OTHER number, surrounded by some blank characters.

    • The part (.+[^ ]) +\R matches any range of standard characters, ending by a non blank character, then followed by a non null range of blank characters and the EOL character(s).

    • If this first alternative can’t match, the second alternative (.*(\R|\z)), then, matches any ENTIRE line, with its EOL character(s) OR at the very end of the file.

    • The different groups are

      • The group 1, ((1)|(22)|\d+), which represents any number, after the CC1 string.

      • The group 2, (1), which represents the number 1, after the CC1 string.

      • The group 3, (22), which represents the number 22, after the CC1 string.

      • The group 4, (.+[^ ]), which represents the text to rewrite in replacement.

      • The group 5, (.+ {70,}.*\R), which represents any following line, possible, containing, at least, 70 blank characters, with its EOL character(s).

      • The group 6, (.*(\R|\z)), which represents any ENTIRE line, with its EOL character(s) OR located at the very end of the file, which DOESN’T contain the string CC1.

      • The group 7, (\R|\z), which represents some EOL character(s) OR the zero length string match at the very end of the file.

    Notes on the REPLACEMENT regex :

    • If group 6 is matched, (?6:, we rewrite nothing ( it’s the text to be deleted ), ELSE :

    • If group 2 is matched, (?2<p>) ,we re-write <p>.

    • Then, in all cases, with \4, we rewrite the group 4 ( the user text ).

    • If group 3 is matched, (?3</p>\r\n\r\n<p style="text-align\:right">&nbsp;</p>\r\n, we re-write the last paragraph and the formatting line, with its EOL character(s), ELSE :

    • If group 5 is matched, (?5</p>\r\n\r\n<\p>:<br />\r\n), we re-write the change of paragraphs, with a blank line between. If NOT, we re-write <br />\r\n.

    Best Regards,


    P.S. :

    To get a first idea about it :

    • Uncheck the View - Word wrap option and set the View - Show Symbol - Show All Characters option

    • Click on the Find button, to notice the different consecutive matches found, once you reached the lines containing the string CC1 !

  • Looking forward to be in the office tomorrow to try. :)
    I really appreciate the effort man. I Am speechless right now

  • Hi, Gabriele,

    I slightly change my previous post, in order to match the last line of your source text, which doesn’t have any EOL character. So, I added the \z assertion, to get the very end of your source file. Otherwise, the last non wanted line, below :

    AACU1821AAC41821C         SC3            24                                                                             ir/jl

    would have been wrongly rewritten, at the end of your HTML-destination file



  • @guy038 said:

    (?6:(?2<p>)\4(?3</p>\r\n\r\n<p style=“text-align:right”> </p>\r\n:(?5</p>\r\n\r\n<\p>:<br />\r\n)))

    guy, you are the man!

    I ran it and it worked out as you expected, but not as I expected, but it’s my fault. I didn’t explain the job accurately enough.

    My destination file has only one product, but the source file contains 3 products. So I need all those :)
    Anyway, the file I need to process is huge with 80k+ products so I need your function to process them all. Maybe Notepad++ won’t be able to run it so I’ll have to split the document in several parts, which won’t be a problem.

    Another mistake I made is not to mention that I need the product code (i.e.: AACR1035) at the beginning of every description block so that I have a reference when I import into DB.

    This said, the very best final result would be having a CSV formatted document like THIS ONE

    Sorry again for not being very clear and, again, my compliments for such result!

  • @guy038 said:


    NOTE: I don’t need the last 2 lines:

    sdw 6/12/01

  • Hello Gabriele,

    Ah !, as usual, the problem it’s not the regex, itself, but, rather, the full comprehension of what you exactly need !

    • Firstly, when I opened your file destination-2.csv, in Excel, all your text was curiously split in two cells, only : the column A contains, practically, all your text, except for the final tag </p>, which is located in column B, due to the semi-colon of the form &nbsp;. So, it, normally, acts as a field separator, in a CSV document !

    • Secondly, in column A, after the product code, you begin the text with a double quotes delimiter and end it, in column B, after the </p> tag, with this same delimiter. However, are you aware that you, already, have such delimiters, in your last formatting line ( style="text-align:right" ) ?

    • Thirdly, you said :

    My destination file has only one product, but the source file contains 3 products. So I need all those :)

    I don’t understand very well what you mean ? Of course, I would never change your source files. Just copy your source file as a destination file. Then process the regex(es) on this destination file only !

    • Fourthly, when you spoke about the product code, you mentioned the value AACR1035, but the complete string is AACR1035AAC11035M. Of course, I saw that the number seems repeated. So, which string would you write in your destination file ?

    • Finally, and the most important, to get a right idea of the process to do, you could send me your file of 80k+ products, if you don’t mind and if it is NOT confidential, of course !. My e-mail address is :

    Surely, this file will suggest me some other questions, but we’ll get near to the solution !

    BTW, don’t worry about the necessity of splitting your file. I don’t think it’ll be necessary. However, time of processing the final regex S/R, may be important. Anyway, if I succeed to run it on my old XP laptop, it should be OK, on a more recent configuration :-))



  • destination-2.csv
    I don’t see where you got this file from. There is only destination.csv on my server. :)
    The description you gave me of that file is not as I see it in Notepad++
    I’ll send you the file RARed via email. It contains only one line of 2 cells separated by the comma with both values quoted (important) as the descriptions contain commas.

    “are you aware that you, already, have such delimiters, in your last formatting line?”
    No I was not aware. I didn’t pay attention to it. Thanks for noticing it.
    So we need to have a different separator, I guess. “|” would be fine. I can use any separator I want so… let’s go for the |

    The column A contains the product code “AACR1035” (the first part of the code so that AACR1035AAC11035M become “AACR1035” - It’s the important part, the SKU.

    “My destination file has only one product, but the source file contains 3 products. So I need all those :)”
    Sorry I’ll try again… :) (even thought at this point we don’t need that since we can go for the CSV)
    The destination file I provided was just to show you the result of ONE product, but the finale destination file (CSV) need to contain all the products.

    Here is the link to a part of the complete file. It’s 1/5 of the original.
    Here is the complete one.

    Thanks a lot again!

  • Gabriele,

    Really sorry, but your two links don’t seem to work.

    • The first one, relative to the 1/5 of the original file, doesn’t work at all :-((

    • The second one, relative to the complete file, opens the main page of the R.C… Santa site, but, even after clicking on some links, of this main page, I could not get your RAR archive ?!

    BTW, what is the size of your complete file ? May be, you could send me, by e-mail, part of it ( 1/5 or even less )

    I did receive your destination.rar file, attached to your e-mail. Thanks. I will probably have to ask you some other questions about it, but first, I would prefer to get your file ( or a subset of it ) in order to have a general idea, about the tasks to do !



  • Here is the link to a part of the complete file. It’s 1/5 of the original.
    Here is the complete one.

    the first link doens’t seem to be saved correctly by the script here on this website.
    links sent also via email

  • Hi Gabriele,

    Yeah ! This time, your links, sent by e-mail, are OK. So, I now get :

    • The technoteCOMPLETE.rar archive, whose I extracted the huge technote.txt file , of 183 Mo !

    • The Technote1.rar archive, whose I extracted the technote1.csv file, of 21,8 Mo

    Just note that, in your last post, the link of the partial file is still wrong !

    Finally, I think that the right syntax of these two links are, simply :

    Well. I’m going to glance to your two huge files !

    See you soon,



  • “Just note that, in your last post, the link of the partial file is still wrong !”

    Yeah… there must be something wrong whit this forum script when parsing URLs. I tried to work on it but after 180 secs you can’t edit anymore so I couldn’t delete the links.

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