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Use Regular Expressions to remove open/close anchor tags but leave the text contained within alone

May 21, 2013 1:26 PM

I have a large file with lots of anchor tags.  Many of the anchor tags have no HREF specified and do nothing.  They aren't hurting anything, either, but I'd like to get rid of them, leaving the anchor tags that do have HREF alone, and leaving the text between the tags alone.  Here's an example: <a>A resident or municipality may seek to vacate 25.01.01</a>.


I've come up with this to identify those tags: <\a>(.)*</\a>  and it works, it finds them, but what should I put in the Replace area in order to remove the open/close tags but leave the text as it is?


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