Collection of regular expression submatch strings.
A SubMatches collection contains individual submatch strings, and can only be created using the Execute method of the RegExp object. The SubMatches collection's properties are read-only
When a regular expression is executed, zero or more submatches can result when subexpressions are enclosed in capturing parentheses. Each item in the SubMatches collection is the string found and captured by the regular expression.
The following code illustrates how to obtain a SubMatches collection from a regular expression search and how to access its individual members:
Function SubMatchTest(inpStr) Dim oRe, oMatch, oMatches Set oRe = New RegExp ' Look for an e-mail address (not a perfect RegExp) oRe.Pattern = "(\w+)@(\w+)\.(\w+)" ' Get the Matches collection Set oMatches = oRe.Execute(inpStr) ' Get the first item in the Matches collection Set oMatch = oMatches(0) ' Create the results string. ' The Match object is the entire match - email@example.com retStr = "Email address is: " & oMatch & vbNewline ' Get the sub-matched parts of the address. retStr = retStr & "Email alias is: " & oMatch.SubMatches(0) ' dragon retStr = retStr & vbNewline retStr = retStr & "Organization is: " & oMatch. SubMatches(1)' xyzzy SubMatchTest = retStr End Function MsgBox(SubMatchTest("Please send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!"))