Per Jessen wrote:
Michael A. Peters wrote:

What I'm trying to do is write a preg matches for each case I come
across - if it matches the preg, it then parses according to the
pattern to get me an acceptable YYYY-MM-DD (not sure how I'll deal
with the season case yet ... but I'm serious, that kind of thing in
there several times)

To at least get started though, is there a wildcard defined that says
match a month?



where MONTH is some special magic that matches Mar March Apr April
etc. ?

Just write one yourself.

This is what I have so far -

$pattern[] = "/^([0-9]{1,2})[\s-]([A-Z][a-z]*)[\s-]([0-9]{4,4})$/i";
$clean[]   = "\\3-\\2-\\1";

$pattern[] = "/^([A-Z][a-z]*)[\s-]([0-9]{4,4})$/";
$clean[]   = "\\2-\\1-01";

$foo = preg_replace($pattern, $clean, $verb_date);

That was enough for me to discover some collectors have two digit years and I can't differentiate 1902 from 2002 so I'll have to flag those and bug the curator to fix 'em.

I'd rather have ([A-Z][a-z]*) be replaced with something that makes sure it is a valid short or long month, writing one myself is not impossible but if there is a date wildcard (or a tried and proven pattern) that can match month built into php then it is better to use it, no?

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