One of the developers at my company asked is it possible to parse HTML and retrieve only TEXT from it without using regular expression. He wanted to remove everything between < and > and keep only Text. I found the question very interesting and quickly wrote UDF which does not use regular expression. Let us see how to parse HTML without regular expression.
Following UDF takes input as HTML and returns TEXT only. If there is any single quotes in HTML they should be replaced with two single quotes (not double quote) before it is passed as input to function.
CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[udf_StripHTML] (@HTMLText VARCHAR(MAX)) RETURNS VARCHAR(MAX) AS BEGIN DECLARE @Start INT DECLARE @End INT DECLARE @Length INT SET @Start = CHARINDEX('<',@HTMLText) SET @End = CHARINDEX('>',@HTMLText,CHARINDEX('<',@HTMLText)) SET @Length = (@End - @Start) + 1 WHILE @Start > 0 AND @End > 0 AND @Length > 0 BEGIN SET @HTMLText = STUFF(@HTMLText,@Start,@Length,'') SET @Start = CHARINDEX('<',@HTMLText) SET @End = CHARINDEX('>',@HTMLText,CHARINDEX('<',@HTMLText)) SET @Length = (@End - @Start) + 1 END RETURN LTRIM(RTRIM(@HTMLText)) END GO
Test above function like this :
SELECT dbo.udf_StripHTML('<b>UDF at SQLAuthority.com </b> <a href="http://www.SQLAuthority.com">SQLAuthority.com</a>')
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Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)