Why does .*? in the regex match h1?

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Why does .*? in the regex match h1? I understand it as: Any character can appear 0 or more times (the dot and the star) and with lazy matching (the question mark), the shortest substring of that I would say is either the empty string or h. But not h1, but the code below passes the challenge. Can someone be so kind to enlighten me?

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let text = "<h1>Winter is coming</h1>";
let myRegex = /<.*?>/; // Change this line
let result = text.match(myRegex);

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User Agent is: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/95.0.4638.69 Safari/537.36

Challenge: Find Characters with Lazy Matching

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It works because the .*? in your regex is enclosed in <>, meaning that regex can only find something that starts with < and ends with >, that’s why it doesn’t just find an empty string or h, because those don’t start with < and don’t end with >. So the regex matches <h1>


Ahh ofc, I didnt think of that, thank you so much for explaining it! :slight_smile:

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